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NFIU launches app for recording, tracking criminals in Nigeria

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Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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The Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, NFIU, has launched Crime Records Information Management System, CRIMS, an android and ios compatible application that will revolutionise crime management in the country.

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A statement sent to DAILY NIGERIAN on Wednesday disclosed that the CRIMS, which was developed by the ICT Unit of the NFIU, would be deployed for use by all relevant crime-fighting agencies in the country.

“The App will be used to collect data of all suspects or convicts of crimes across Nigeria which will spontaneously be used to access local databases such as identities, properties, financial transactions and telephone details and call logs of suspects,” the statement disclosed.

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The statement further noted that CRIMS was launched Wednesday in Abuja by the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbosola and presented the app to all relevant agencies in attendance.

In a brief remark, the minister said that the NFIU and other partner crime-fighting agencies should also add the capture and secure placement of the DNA of all criminals across the country for constant use.

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Speaking earlier, the Director/CEO of the NFIU, Modibbo Hamman-Tukur said CRIMS would give instantaneous data access to all Law Enforcement Agencies, LEAs, Judicial officers as well as all Defence, NIA and SSS formations.

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“This tool will be deployed to all Police stations across the country as well as all Customs and Immigration outposts,” Mr Tukur said.

The NFIU boss also said the armed forces would also be given access to the tool to enable them “use it to fit into their way of operations “.

Giving further insight, Mr Hamman-Tukur said all crime suspects, whose data are captured at any point “will be pooled into a central database for use by relevant institutions afterwards”.

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