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FG launches mobile app to send criminal alerts to security agencies

The Federal Government has launched the Nigeria Homeland Security and Public Safety Alerts System (NISPSAS) mobile application to send alerts to security agencies.

According to a statement released on Thursday, Rauf Aregbesola, the interior minister, inaugurated the application at the ministry’s headquarters.

The minister said many attacks would have been thwarted if security agencies had been notified in real time, adding that this prompted the development of a platform that the public can use to communicate with security agencies.

“A notable shortcoming is the timely information and alerting of security agencies to incidents of crime, security breaches and natural disasters before they occur or while they occur. In most cases they would have been avoided or mitigated if the alert had come in time,” he said.

“As part of the response to this challenge, the Ministry of Interior has therefore developed an application, a technological innovation that works with the smart mobile phone or any other device with Android or IOS capability, to send alerts to all security agencies in real time. .

“This initiative is in line with the policy of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to make the safety of lives and property of Nigerians a priority.

“It is also part of the goal of leveraging information and communication technology (ICT) in government business and operations.”

Aregbesola said the app is free for Nigerians adding that for now it can only work on smart devices.

“The app uses a combination of audio-visual and geospatial caller location identification and incident scenes on the ministry’s Inter-Agency Situation Room (MISR),” he said.

“He also works on command and control centers, dashboards of the four services, i.e. the immigration service, the correctional service, the federal fire department, civil defense as well as the prefecture of police for joint inter-agency operations.”

The app can be downloaded by searching “NISPSAS” on the Android or iOS playstore.

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