The Nigerian police are preparing to launch a mobile app which it says would help in its fight against the rising crime wave in the country. The app, called police-VGS, is in its test-running stage, the police said on Saturday, May 1 via Twitter.
The police said in a promotional video that the app would help citizens do quick reporting of crimes like kidnapping, robbery, cultism, rape and domestic violence to the police.
The app would be helpful also where there is communal unrest, the police said in the video. “Within five seconds of reporting, the appropriate government security or emergency agency would be alerted and help would be deployed immediately,” say the police in the video.
All that a citizen would do is to “swipe” the police-VGS app on his mobile phone when a crime, fire, medical emergency or natural disaster occurs, and then “policemen would be alerted immediately and help would be sent your way promptly”.
The app would be available on IOS and Google play store.
“The Police-VGS App is part of broader technological tools being deployed by the Nigeria Police to smartly combat crimes in the country.
“It will soon be formally launched by the IGP and thereafter made available for public use,” the police said on Twitter, using its official handle @PoliceNG.