War Against Terrorism:Police Begin Digital Biometric Registration Nationwide

IGPnew 600 By Danlami Nmodu

The Nigeria Police Force will ,with effect from Monday. 16th , change the registration processes of vehicles, tricycles and auto-bikes from the old analogue CMR to the new Digital Biometric Central Motor Registration (BCMR) system.A statement from Force headquarters said it is of efforts at repositioning the Nigeria Police Force to effectively and efficiently fulfil its constitutional roles of saving lives and property, combating ; preventing crimes; apprehending and prosecuting offenders, amongst other duties.

The decision informing the introduction of the BCMR,said the statement, comes against the backdrop of contemporary security challenges bordering on , high incidence of car theft, carjacking, kidnappings and other acts of crimes and criminalities in our society. Unlike our hitherto analogue based procedures, the BCMR operates on smart-cards and portable hand-held receiver and is a specially developed technological means of attaching automobile owner’s unique traits and personal data to their vehicles for identification and protection purposes.

Force Public Relations Officer,Frank Mba said the Police BCMR is designed to used for forensic analysis. Fingerprints can matched or verified against finger prints collected during registration. It is designed to match 20 million fingerprints per seconds (the speed depends on the size of
prints) 20 million fingerprints is equivalent to 2 million people (10 prints per person). Facial Matching can also achieved with Police BCMR; our database can matched with still pictures and frames from a video stream. The system can match 500,000 pictures per minute (if you have a database of 150 million, the likely match time for facial recognition is about 300 minutes (5hrs).

As a huge store of information, the BCMR will provide a one-stop information data base for all vehicle owners and serve as a strong forensic base for all manners of investigations which will greatly enhance policing operations particularly in the area of tracking down and locating positions of missing vehicles, preventing crimes, arresting criminals guaranteeing safer and a more secure use of our roads and other sundry crimes.

The BCMR has three means of registration which could either through designated Banks, on-line or at some Police Commands. In the case of the Banks, car owners pay the registration fees at the Banks, collect their pin numbers and proceed to the registration points for their registration – a process that does not take more ten minutes.You can also pay on-line, get your registration pin, commence the pre-registration by yourself, filling the details of your vehicle and personal data but the registrant would still have to get a designated registration to complete the registration process where his bio-data, photo and fingerprints
would be captured. In the Police Commands and other designated formations, registrants would purchase a scratch card which would give pins to be used for registration. Vehicle owners are expected to pay N3,500.00, while tricycles popularly called “Keke Marwa” or “keke Napep” and auto-bikes go for N1,500.00.

Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP MD Abubakar calls for the understanding, and support of all towards ensuring the success of the scheme.

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