Police committed to public safety, combating motor vehicle-related crimes – FPRO

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has said that it has shown its commitment to public safety and enhanced capacity to combat motor vehicles associated with crime in Nigeria.

Towards this end, the NPF, Thursday, presented an overview of the transformation underway within the Nigeria Police Force Central Motor Registry (CMR) to journalists at the command’s headquarters in Lagos.

According to the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi at the review of the presentation in Lagos, the transformation represents a crucial milestone in commitment to safeguarding the public safety.

He said, “Recall that in the past, our nation grappled with a surge in vehicle-related offenses, including car theft, snatching, kidnapping, carjacking, hit-and-run incidents, largely attributed to the use of unregistered vehicles, tinted windows, among other factors, which posed significant challenges across the country.

“This worrisome trend prompted a strategic response from the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), leading to the deployment of specialized border forces aimed at curbing these criminal activities.”

He said, “In light of these efforts, the NPF rejigged the Central Motor Registry (CMR), a vital initiative that has played a pivotal role in addressing these challenges.”

He stated that the CMR has a rich history spanning over six decades, having been established in 1958 with a fundamental mission to combat vehicle-related crimes and bolster national security as an invaluable repository of motor vehicle data and intelligence.

He said that the CMR has consistently, though limitedly, fulfilled its mandate by facilitating investigations, enhancing law enforcement operations, and ensuring the efficient recovery of stolen vehicles.

Adejobi, however, added that while recognizing the evolving technological landscape and the imperative of accessibility and efficiency, the NPF has embarked on a digitalization journey to further enhance the capabilities of the CMR.