Nigeria Police Force had in a promotional video on its Twitter handle on June 2, 2019, said the app would go a long way in reducing crime rate.
Nigerians who plan to report cases of rape, kidnapping, murder and other mishaps like road accidents through the newly launched Police VGS Mobile App will have to part with N12 , 000.
The police had stated, “ The Nigeria Police Force through the dogged efforts of the Inspector – General of Police , Mohammed Adamu, in a bid to combat the high rate of criminality and criminal elements , kidnappers , domestic offenders , violence, cultism, rape, robbery among so many , has launched the Police VGS Mobile App.
“ The police VGS Mobile App is a web based dispatch system for quick emergency reporting of incidents by citizens for the prompt response by the Nigeria Police and other emergency and security agencies within five seconds of reporting. ”
However, our correspondent , who downloaded the application through Google Playstore, was first asked to choose between three subscription plans: family plan , individual plan and student plan.
Repeated attempts to select any other other package apart from the ‘individual’ plan proved abortive , forcing everyone to subscribe for the individual plan.
A data page subsequently emerges requesting for name, email , address and other vital information while at the bottom, it is stated that the subscription cost is N 12 , 000 for 12 months . Also , there is no option for monthly payment of subscription as one can only pay N12 , 000 per year.
Other options on the application such as FAQ and ‘contact us ’ refused to open despite several clicks on the icons .
The Force Public Relations Officer , Mr Frank Mba, said he would find out information about the status of the app and call back later.