A security consultant, Mr Michael Sam-Wobo, on Thursday urged the Federal Government to build a central database of its citizens to facilitate tracking and arrest of criminals.
Sam-Wobo, who works with Horizontal Resources Nig. Ltd., told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that lack of such a database made it difficult for security agencies to track criminals.
“Nigeria does not have a central database, the Federal Road Safety Corps has data of drivers, banks have data of account holders, and communication companies have data of those who use their networks,’’ he noted.
The expert said that a central database would link each citizen to his actions, thereby making it easy to track criminals.
He applauded the police for the recent arrest of a suspected kidnapping kingpin, Chukwudubem Onwuamadike (a.k.a Evans).
“Evans used 126 SIM cards over a period of time successfully because we do not have a central database that would disclose the number of telephone lines an individual is using.
“The arrest of this kidnap, Evans, is a very welcome development.
“The fact that the police is rising up to their responsibilities, especially with the procurement of sophisticated equipment, aided the arrest of the suspected kidnapper,’’ Sam-Wobo said.
He also praised other security agencies for their efforts in fighting crime.
The security expert called on members of the public to provide useful information that would facilitate arrest of criminals.
“Security is everyone’s business; so, members of the public have to play a vital role in ensuring that the country is safe,’’ he said.
Sam-Wobo advised the government to intensify awareness creation in schools on the need for security to achieve a crime-free society.
“Our crime prevention architecture is really having lapses; government and private organisations have to increase security awareness campaign.
“This awareness will reduce kidnapping as it will make students in secondary and primary schools not to divulge family information to strangers.