Nigeria on Thursday unveiled the Nigeria Internal Security and Public Safety Alerts System (N-Alerts) mobile App to combat kidnapping, banditry and criminality in the country.
The App is to help residents contact security agencies across the country for quick response real-time when a crime occurs.
Mr. Kania Maliki, the acting Director of Press, Federal Ministry of Interior, in a statement said the launch of the app was conducted by the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, at the ministry’s headquarters.
Aregbesola said, “All these efforts are geared towards addressing the security challenges in the country, with personnel and equipment spread thin.”
According to the minister, many attacks would have been foiled if the security agencies had been notified in real-time, and this has neccessitated the need for a common platform that could interface the public with the security agencies.
He said, “One noticeable lacuna is information and timely alert of the security agencies to incidents of crimes, breach of security and natural disasters before they happen or while they are going on. In most cases, they would have been prevented or mitigated if the alert had come in time.
‘’The ministry therefore, developed an application, a technological innovation that worked with the smart mobile phone or any other devise with android or IOS capability, to send alerts to all security agencies in real-time.
“The initiative is in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration’s policy of making the security of lives and property of Nigerians a priority.
“It is also part of the objective of leveraging on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in doing government business and operations.”
Aregbesola said for now the application could only work on smart devices and it is free.
The minister in describing the application, said “The App utilises a combination of audio-visual and geospatial location identification of the caller and scenes of incidents on the Ministry Inter-Agency Situation Room (MISR)”.
“It also works on the Command and Control Centres, Dashboards of the four services, that is, Immigration service, Correctional service, Federal Fire service and Civil Defence as well as Police Headquarters for joint inter-agency operations.”
“You will recall that the Federal Government inaugurated the National Economy Digital Policies and Strategy (NDEPS) under the purview of the Federal Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy (FMCDE) in 2019.”
“It is to this end that the ministry designed and is now deploying the N-Alerts mobile app for joint operations and monitoring of the preparedness of the services and the Nigeria Police.”