In a move to reduce bring crime to the barest minimum in the country, the Nigeria Police Force has introduced a digital platform for criminal records and issuing of clearance certificates.
The website, which is expected to start functioning from July 1, is the brainwork of Ace of Spades Consult Limited, in collaboration with the police.
In a statement signed by the Chief Executive Officer of AoS, Ms Arinola Giwa Amu, the effort is a continuation of the process of improving services as well as strengthening the police collaboration with the public in its crime prevention drive.
Giwa-Amu said the programme, a purpose-built database, was necessary to update criminal records and ease the process of background checks. She stated, “It will also simplify the process of issuing clearance certificates automated, make it seamless and affordable for everyone, including legal entities.
“For this purpose, every individual and legal entity, both foreign and domestic, is encouraged to sign up and acquire the Police Background Check Number to ensure accurate records. The opportunity to do this will start from July 1, 2019, by visiting www.pbcn.com.ng.
“The PBCN will be associated with every individual’s biometric information and corporate entity’s Registration Certificate number already held by other government agencies.”
It was also gathered that something very close to this had been adopted successfully in other developed countries.