Technocrat Media, Abuja
Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the public relations officer of the Nigeria Police Force says the Rescue me mobile app platform launched days ago has received 10,122 fake alerts.
Mr Adejobi said in a tweet thread on Twitter on Wednesday.
“On our NPF Rescue Me App, we want to urge Nigerians to please stop fake alerts. These are causing more harm to the system and jeopardise it. In the last 4 days, we have received more than 10,122 fake alerts.”
“And that’s why we have heavy traffic on the system, thereby affecting the genuine callers. We have more than 5000 pending or awaiting OTP to proceed on the app; it’s due to this unnecessary heavy traffic on the system,” he said.
“We are sure the app is good, efficient and helpful; that’s why we initiated it to improve our security network. Pls, cooperate with us on this. Thanks.”
Nigeria Police had launched the ‘Police Rescue Me app’ as a technological solution to combat insecurity and other emergency situations in Nigeria.
According to the Police, the NPF Rescue Me app was designed to help a victim or witness of criminal offences and other emergency situations to report the situation to the police who’ll respond to him as quickly as possible.
Features Of The App as analysed by HumAngle
Reporting A Crime: The application has a web-based form that a user can fill to report a crime being committed in his presence or a breach of security anywhere in Nigeria.
The Report A Crime button is at the top left corner of the application interface and allows the user to state the nature of the crime, the location of the crime and a short detail about the crime.
A user can also attach audio, visual or pictorial evidence of what happened and can also click on whether he can be contacted for more information or not.
Report A Police Officer: A button next to Report A Crime is about reporting a police officer found exhibiting discourteous behaviour or acting contrary to the law.
As complaints on the unprofessional behaviour of police officers around the country continue, Nigerians can now submit a reason and evidence for reporting the officers using Rescue Me mobile app.
Request An Ambulance: If you have a medical emergency or find people in an emergency situation, you can use the NPF Rescue Me application to request an ambulance.
This feature allows you to mention the nature and the number of people involved in the accident. A field for an optional comment was provided in the feature and your location can be automatically tracked using the GPS system.
Navigation: The NPF Rescue Me application provides a navigation feature that can guide you to your destination if you become lost and you are finding your way back.
The navigation allows you to contact nearby police officers who could help in guiding you home.
Contact: This feature allows you to save the contact details of your relatives or those you’ll like to reach in case of an emergency.