The Association of Motor Dealers of Nigeria, (AMDON), has signed an agreement with the Nigeria Police Force for the use of the PoliceBCMR, a technological means of attaching an automobile ownerâ€™s biodata on a smart card. At the official signing of the agreement with their consultant, Media Concepts International Limited, in Lagos recently, the associationâ€™s president, Ajibola Adedoyin, said the initiative would help check the incidence of vehicle thefts across the country.
According to him, â€œWhat 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.â€ Thatâ€™s 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.â€
According to the partners, the PoliceBCMR also provides a platform for the centralisation of vehicle documents, in order to create and authenticate the much-needed database for police operational use in crime management nationwide.
An Assistant Commissioner of Police, Ayotunde Omodeinde 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. â€œBecause often times, stolen vehicles find their way to car dealers and these dealers end up selling stolen vehicles without their knowledge often times,â€ said Omodeinde, who is in charge of the Police ICT Department.
â€œAnd the police, in the course of our investigation, when we trace those stolen vehicles to the car dealer, the car dealer who has already paid for the vehicle ends up losing his money because police will recover the vehicle and the car dealer will also suffer a lot of inconveniences. So, the police, working with AMDON, will ensure that when vehicles are brought to them, they will be able to cross-check whether those vehicles are stolen or not before they receive it or buy it. And whenever a stolen vehicle comes to AMDON car port, the AMDON member has a duty to inform the police discreetly so that the police will be able to recover the vehicle. This is a very wonderful initiative by the Inspector General of Police, to ensure the integration of the AMDON system with the Police BCMR, to enable us track stolen vehicles and to make it easy for members of the public to buy a vehicle without trouble,â€ ACP Omodeinde added.
In his remarks, the chairman of Cornfield Group, the parent company of Media Concepts International, Dr. Babatope Agbeyo, described the initiative as a giant step to safeguard lives and properties of individuals. â€œPeople steal because they can use the loot or they can sell it, but if there is a system whereby, itâ€™s difficult for you to steal or enjoy what you have stolen I think you wonâ€™t do that. The Police know that the job, security has gone beyond guns and cudgels, itâ€™s now high tech, they are now embracing technology which is making it better,â€ Agbeyo stated.
According to Omodeinde, the PoliceBCMR would also provide police officers with handheld devices with which to check the smart cards; he, however, added that the process â€œis still ongoing. â€œComputer is garbage in garbage out, if you have not registered your vehicle into the PoliceBCMR portal, thereâ€™s no way youâ€™ll be able to check and see information about your vehicle,â€ Omodeinde said