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Nigerians have faulted the Nigerian Police force over a post putting #10m bounty on anyone with information on the identity of some suspected criminals.
Police in the early hours of Thursday made the post on twitter with pictures attached to a special Police Gazzette bulletin signed by the force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba.
The post in parts, “Ten Million Naira (#10,000.000.00) awaits anyone with useful information on the whereabouts of the persons in the photo below;
“If you have any useful information any useful information, report to any police station or arrest and hand him over to any police station or contact the office of the FIB-IRT through the following numbers: 08034377912 or 08036064791.”
The post has since stirred up reactions for over 26 hours amidst the public who either express disappointment at the voters card, NIN, BVN registrations seemed useless in this situation or alleged that whoever tips the police will be seen as an accomplice.
Some twitter users posted pictures of suspected hoodlums from the #EndSARS calling for their arrest and prosecution.
A twitter user Chlorpheniramine #EndSARS Flag of Nigeria @VictorIsrael_ in his response said “We did Data and Image Capturing during Registration for Voters card, Drivers License, NIN, JAMB, and BVN. Take these images, get matching pictures and streamline your search them share the Non-existent 10 million amongst yourselves and most importantly buy new vans!
“You could Locate Shola, You could locate Sowore, You could locate Akuma Solomon, You could Locate Eroms, You could locate #EndSARS protesters, Why’s this different? Okay! In fact we the coconut head Youths would add more money to the 10 million, Find them the same way you found others.”
Batubo Anthony @thereal_ba2bo, “In a proper working country, those men would be easily identified.
Run their faces through a facial recognition scan, plus finger prints has been dropped everywhere in the crime scene.
DEMAGOGUE PhD.Heart with arrowsenior advocatGraduation cap @von_Bismack, “What of the bandits we saw yesterday, are they not notorious enough?”
“The question is, where did NPF find the 10m, and how come it hasn’t been used to compensate those police officers in faded uniforms- the ones that shamelessly collect 20naira? Or how much is available for anyone that finds all the Oga of police that deprive the men stated above?” Thothmes ☥ 𓀮 @NegusDafidi tweeted.
layilawal @layilawal1, “You have all our data, BVN, finger print, passport photograph, nin and you’re still giving ten million to the public to look for someone with only picture that is not even clear.
Di_nah @Dinahmic2, “Why are we embarrassing ourselves like this. Face with head-bandage Firstly, there are softwares that get out the original faces naa! After all our NIN, BVN and all, you can’t trace the faces! Secondly, you and I know that 10m na story and our safety for the whistle blowing sef no sure”
Deb_cleverest❣ @Mfon_efik, “masses would love to help, but comment read, I think there’s so much to do. My own experience so I got robbed brought day light, saw some police on that same road, ran for help, pointed at the thieves, police ask I go to the station and make report first before act. Tell me, you now ask for help, how do I help, when u can’t help me, my phone got stolen went to the police, I paid 5k for police to buy fuel before they investigate the issue, at the end the said there’s nothing they can do. Police had made us guide ourselves, help doesn’t come.”
Ibrahim, SHEHU Tanabata treeagara (MHR) @magmal11, “Assuming you have qualified personnel manning your base station, the reason to place any ransom on these folks would have been needless coz they would have been apprehended right at the crime scene. Unless of course if these images were gotten from a secondary source.
There were however very few opinions for the tweet by the Nigerian police, one of which was a comparison to the FBI’s request on identifying capitol invaders.
“FBI asked people to help them apprehend the capitol invaders, is it that they couldn’t run a facial recognition test too? You people watch too much movies” Mens que @Nairacodes tweeted
‘O’ Gentle @Bams96, “Even the United States with a developed forensic unit still puts out bounties for identification purposes.”