The Association of Motor Dealers of Nigeria, (AMDON), has signed an agreement with the Nigeria Police Force for the use of PoliceBCMR, a technological means of attaching an automobile owner’s biodata on a smart card.
At the official signing of the agreement with Media Concepts International Limited, in Lagos last Thursday, the association’s president, Ajibola Adedoyin, said the initiative would help check the incidence of vehicle thefts across the country.
According to him, “What has been happening before now, two of our members in the area of buying cars or receiving cars without knowing they were stolen, and before you know it, our members are either chased out of the business or run out of town. That is why we came up with this concept and decide to partner with the Nigeria Police so as to see how we can put a stop to it.
“And this will even reduce the amount of money and resources wasted on trying to get stolen vehicles. With this concept, I can tell you if we follow it well, it will be a thing of the past. At times a vehicle will be brought to you with original documents but it is stolen and if you decide to buy it and sell, you will be in trouble.”
The PoliceBCMR also provides a platform for the centralization of vehicle documents, in order to create and authenticate the much-needed database for police operational use in crime management nationwide.
Ayotunde Omodeinde, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, said the initiative was among the projects the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, approved to combat car thefts in the country as well as protect innocent car dealers.
“Often times, stolen vehicles find their way to car dealers and these dealers end up selling stolen vehicles without their knowledge often times,” said Mr. Omodeinde, officer in charge of Police ICT Department.
Omodeinde noted that the police would work AMDON to ensure that vehicles brought to them can be verified to ensure it’s not a stolen one.
In his remarks, Dr. Babatope Agbeyo, the chairman of Media Concepts International, described the initiative as a giant step to safeguard lives and properties of individuals.
“People steal because they can use the loot or they can sell it, but if there is a system whereby, it’s difficult for you to steal or enjoy what you have stolen I think you won’t do that. The Police know that the job, security has gone beyond guns and cudgels, it’s now high tech, they are now embracing technology which is making it better,” opined Agbeyo.