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Major Police Tracking Equipment Down, Detectives Struggles To Trace Bandits

It has been reported that the major tracking equipment deployed by the Police to tackle kidnappers, bandits and terrorists has remained inactive since the beginning of the year.

According to reports, some policeman who spoke anonymously stated that the inactivity of the tracking device was due to non-subscription and failure to engage the relevant company to carry out system upgrade, among other challenges.

Reports revealed that about 2,943 people in Nigeria have been abducted across the country in the last six months following the breakdown of the critical tracking technology.

Security experts reportedly stated that the use of mobile devices by kidnappers to negotiate ransoms makes it possible for law enforcement agencies to determine the movements of the cell phone owners.

However, senior police officers had disclosed that the tracking phones had been bad since January.

According to them, “The equipment was given to us by President Buhari. The thing has not been working because those who are supposed to ensure that it runs well have not played their part.”

He added that, “They claim that they are being owed money for the subscription.’

He also disclosed that “From what I gathered, subscription fees are meant to be paid yearly but you won’t believe that the police have not paid since 2015. Initially, the company gave us a grace period but they have now cut off the police completely. We now rely solely on DSS and NSA office. It’s a terrible situation and it has worsened the insecurity in the country. The Police Trust Fund promised to help but we have not seen any action yet.”

Another commissioner of police reportedly confirmed the development but said efforts were being made to restore the equipment.

According to him, “You know this thing is the technology just like a computer so we do upgrades from time to time. A lot of people on the field don’t even understand how it works. It is undergoing an upgrade because you have new features coming in from time to time. There are new technologies that you have to update to enhance their capacity.”

He added that, “We have some new equipment which we need to adjust so they can link together. Some are still working. It is not as if all components are shut. That is what is happening.”

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