Nigerian law enforcement agencies have been directed to restructure their crime registry so that vital information about offenders are stored digitally under a new counter terrorism plan in the country.
[blockquote right=”pull-right” cite=”Office of National Security Adviser”]ONSA has said that the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), the government agency that manage the country’s identity programmes will play a vital role in ensuring that all Nigerians are identified through biometric data capture with the introduction of the new electronic identity card. [/blockquote]
According to counter terrorism document plans by the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA) reviewed by Technology Times, the digital database of terror offenders is one of the key highlight of the newly introduced strategies by the intelligence community in Nigeria to win the war against terrorism in the country.
ONSA says it is making inroads into the relatively newer space of terrorism because the security agency has responsibility to support protection of crowded spaces, hazardous and potentially vulnerable or at risk sites, as well as offering advice on a range of threats and dangerous substances.
ONSA’s National Counter Terrorism Strategy (NACTEST) focuses on key points including increasing the capacity of government institutions and relevant agencies in handling extremists. The strategy was developed to offer a key blueprint for law enforcement agencies to combat terrorists.
ONSA has said that the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), the government agency that manage the country’s identity programmes, will play a vital role in ensuring that all Nigerians are identified through biometric data capture with the introduction of the new electronic identity card.
According to the 48-page document obtained by Technology Times, the ONSA has also directed the widespread deployment of close circuit television (CCTV) to be used for traffic and crime management.
ONSA reckons that the effectiveness of the CCTV would depend on availability of credible and reliable database that will aid prompt verification of traffic offenders and criminals by security agencies.
Under the plan, such CCTVs should be linked with the Federal Road Safety Corp and the Nigeria Police electronic data for the purpose of verification and investigation, ONSA said.