In a recent press release, the Nigeria Police Force has officially recognized three virtual policing platforms, warning citizens against engaging with unauthorized and fraudulent alternatives.
The Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi stated this in a statement issued on Thursday.
Adejobi said the move was aimed at ensuring the safety and security of the public in the digital realm.
He said the approved virtual policing applications and websites including the NPF Rescue Me Application, were available on Android and iOS, designed for emergency situations.
He added that the NPF Central Motor Registry website has also been sanctioned, offering digitised motor vehicle data services.
According to him,the Police-VGS Quick Emergency Reporting and Response System (QERRS), a smart policing initiative, has received official recognition for its role in revolutionizing police response to emergencies.
The statement read ” The Force wishes to reiterate that any other application or website claiming to provide virtual policing services are not approved by the Nigeria Police Force and are therefore fraudulent.
“Therefore, members of the public are urged to take note and follow the official Nigeria Police social media handles where information regarding approved services and updates are being shared regularly.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the approved applications are available online via the following platforms – Police-VGS and NPF Rescue Me on Google Play Store and Apple iOS store; while the NPF CMR is available on a user-friendly public portal at https://cmris.npf.gov.ng.
” In the case of introduction or floating of any new application, the Force will make an official announcement through the media and its dedicated social media handles accordingly.
“The NPF also wishes to warn all those involved in the creation, floating, or distribution of illegal applications and websites to be aware that they will face the consequences of the law as the long arm of the law will catch up with all those engaged in fraudulent and deceptive criminal activities.”
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