The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr Hakeem Odumosu, says biometric and database management are useful tools in forensic investigation for the prevention and detection of crimes.
Odumosu said this in Lagos on Friday in a statement signed by the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi.
He said that the exercise would engender the proper identification of residents, which was useful in efforts to curb crime in the state.
“The exercise will give proper identification of residents in any particular area and also provide an accurate population of Lagos State and Nigeria.
“This can be useful in tracing criminals and bringing criminal activities to a minimum in the society,” he said.
The police commissioner said that the command was ready to work with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in capturing the biometrics of the residents of Lagos State.
He directed DCP Oqua Etim, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Department of Finance and Administration, to instruct all police personnel in the state, who had not been captured in the NIMC exercise, to do so immediately.
“An office within the State Police Headquarters in Ikeja will be set aside for the commission to commence the exercise as soon as possible,” Odumosi said.
The Regional Coordinator of NIMC, Mrs Funmi Opesanwo, said that biometric capturing was important in the management and security of lives and property of Nigerians.
She said that the exercise would also ensure good governance and promote a positive external image for the country.
She charged the residents of Lagos State to make themselves available for the capturing, which was absolutely free, across the state.
“This will avail you the grace of having your National Identity Cards and Numbers (NIN),” Opesanwo said in the statement.