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Nigerian police prepare app to fight rise in violent crimes

The Nigerian police are launching a mobile app which would help in its fight against the rising crime wave in the country.

Over 35 people were killed nationwide last week, as Nigerians continue to grabble with insecurity, alongside the insurgency.

The app, called police-VGS, is in its test-running stage, the police said on Saturday via Twitter.Police create app to fight crime

The police said that the app would help citizens do quick reporting of crimes like kidnapping, rape and domestic violence, etc.

The app would be helpful even where there is communal unrest, the police said in the video.

“Within five seconds of reporting, the appropriate government security or emergency agency gets alerted and help would be deployed,” the video claims.

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All a user has to do is to “swipe” the police-VGS app on his mobile phone when a crime, fire, medical emergency or natural disaster occur. The “policemen would then be alerted immediately and help would be sent your way promptly”.

The app would be available on IOS and Google play store.

Reactions to the app

Some Nigerians however have been visiting the Google play store for the app which has not been released yet.

One Nigerian who gave his name as Peter Osagie said he downloaded a similar security app called Smart Police while he was searching for the Police-VGS app.

“It is only in this country that you advertised what is not there. After referring people to so-called app, it could not be found,” said another Nigerian, Ibrahim Yunusa, who stumbled on the Smart Police app, while also searching for the Police-VGS app.

“The Nigeria Police has devised this app 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.

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