Mixed reactions have continued to trail the new Digital Biometric Central Motor Registration System introduced by the Nigeria Police Force Headquarters for all the vehicles playing Nigerian Roads.
Wellington Akodeja reports that while some respondents described the programme as a welcome development, others described it as a plan by the Nigerian Police Force to extort money from motorists.
On Monday, the police force public relations officer Mr. Frank Mba at a news briefing in Abuja disclosed that the new digital biometric system introduced by the Nigeria police is an automobile owner’s personal data for vehicles proper identification and protection of the interest of the owners.
Mr. Mba said the new system is targeted at effectively combating the contemporary security challenges bordering on terrorism, high incidence of car theft, kidnapping and other criminal activities.
Against this back drop some residents in Benin who have been speaking on the issue were divergent in their views.
The respondents who hailed the innovation of the police said, the new digital central biometric data system for vehicles will help in checking the high level of insecurity in the country.
They added that the innovation will compliment the on-going new number plate for vehicles which is handled by various state internal revenue service’s and federal road safety corps.
Others however expressed displeasure at the biometric data system saying that it is another form of impoverishing the citizenry, maintaining that what the police introduced has no clear difference from the on-going new vehicle number plate registration which they said contains vehicles owners passport photographs, fingerprints and other details.
The digital vehicle registration has since kicked off on the 16th of September 2013.