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Vehicle registration exercise goes digital

10 September 2013, 09:00

Lagos - The Nigeria Police Force has concluded plans to change motor registration from analogue to a digital system as part of efforts to curb terror and other crimes in the country.

With effect from next Monday, the police will change the Central Motor Registry (CMR) to a digital Biometric Central Motor Registration system (BCMR).

Police Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, said the new system was part of efforts to reposition the police force and enable it deal with rampant crime.

“To effectively combat terrorism, prevent crimes, apprehend and prosecute offenders, the force will from September 16, change the registration process of vehicles from the old analogue CMR to new digital BCMR system,” Mba said.

He added, “The decision informing the introduction of the BCMR is against the backdrop of contemporary security challenges bordering on terrorism, high incidence of car theft, kidnapping and other crimes."

Mba said that the system was designed for forensic analysis where fingerprints could be matched or verified against registered fingerprints collected during the registration.

He stressed that the database would be made available to other sister security agencies.

“We are going to make the database open to our sister agencies. If for example other security organisations want to carry investigation and they needed to get information from our database, we will make the information available to them,’’Mba said.

He said the new system was capable of capturing 20 million fingerprints per second.

“As a store of information, it will provide a one- stop forensic base for all manner of investigations which will greatly enhance policing in tracking missing cars and preventing crimes," he said.

BCMR could grab still images from Close Circuit Television (CCTV) being installed in cities in the country and the footages could be used to apprehend suspected criminal thereby enhancing personal and national safety and security.

Registration for the BCMR would be done at designated banks, online and police commands across the country.

Motorists were expected to pay N3 500 (US$ 21) to register their vehicles under the system, while cyclists would pay N1 500.

- CAJ News


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