Police deny plans to charge Nigerians using crime-reporting app N12,000

The Nigeria Police authority has denied media reports claiming it is charging Nigerians N12,000 to use its crime-reporting and emergency mobile application, Police-VGS Mobile-App.
The Force, in a statement posted on its verified Twitter handle @Policeng on Saturday, said it has launched an investigation into the matter, adding that it had no intention to charge users of the mobile-app.
The statement also quoted the Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adam, directing Management of Vigiscope Nigeria Limited to expunge the payment option on the app and to strictly adhere to the original terms of reference.

Recall that the Police via Twitter in June said it will launch the mobile-app in a bid to combat the high rate of criminality and criminal elements, kidnappers, domestic offenders, violence, cultism, rape, robbery, among so many others.

Also recall that a newspaper organisation (not Tribune titles) had published a report claiming the Police asked users of the application to pay N12,000 yearly subscription for ‘individual plan’. The report also said access to the two other subscription plans, family plan and student plan was restricted.

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But Police in the Saturday statement said: “The Force wishes to state that there are no plans whatsoever to charge Nigerians for services bordering on Emergency Crime Reportage through the use of Police-VGS Mobile-App.

“The mobile-app, which is comparable to the Police 911 emergency toll-free line obtainable in other climes, is still undergoing internal-test and the Force is working out modalities on how Nigerians can benefit from its use free of charge.

“Consequently, the Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has directed the Management of Vigiscope Nigeria Limited to expunge the payment option on the app and to strictly adhere to the original terms of reference.

“The IGP has further directed a comprehensive investigation and forensic auditing of all accounts as they concern to the alleged payment of subscription fee by some Nigerians.

“The Force notes that it will no doubt continue to partner with relevant private entities in evolving technologically driven solutions towards smartly combatting crimes and addressing security challenges within the country.

“However, such partnership must be done taking into cognizance statutes guiding the Force, the overriding interest of the public and International Best Practices.”

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