Following the cases of missing persons across the nation, the Nigeria Police Force are partnering with a group, Primly Premium Solutions to develop an application where cases of missing persons can be reported.
In his speech during the launch on Tuesday in Abuja, the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Philip Maku said the initiative would help give the needed attention to the issue of missing cases in the country.
According to him, the application would help report cases of missing persons with ease within the parameters of the law, adding “one aspect of human security which is rarely discussed in this part of the world is that of missing persons”.
His word, “While we understand the situation surrounding people who are missing as a result of violent conflicts in parts of Nigeria, it is worthy of note that people also go missing as a result of other factors.
“Some of these persons go missing because of domestic violence, kidnapping and a range of other factors.
“Sadly, there are few opportunities for people to report cases, raise public awareness to help in finding missing persons and report unidentified persons lurking around our homes, offices and environment.
“Hence, we birthed the idea of the missing persons platform; this was researched, developed and today, launched by Primly Premium Solutions in partnership with the Nigeria Police Force. This innovative IT-based solution will help people report missing persons within the confines of Nigerian laws.“
The representative of the company, Bestman Christine, said the need to get a database for missing persons in the country necessitated the move to partner with the police to come up with the initiative.
According to her, “There is currently no national database for missing persons in Nigeria. This has proven to be a confounding factor in the efforts to raise awareness as well as keep track of progress made over time. This concern and the dire consequences it appears to have on the safety of the Nigerian population is what inspired the development of the Missing Persons Platform.“
Christine explained that the Missing Person’s Platform is a multilevel and multidisciplinary project that revolves around an online database for reporting and cataloging missing people and verifying unidentified persons.
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