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Police, Web Asserts partner on crime reporting app




The Nigeria Police under the leadership of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris is partnering Web Assets Nigeria Limited to deploy an innovative mobile application known as Hawk Eye, reports ITRealms.

This, the Chief Executive Officer, Web Assets Nigeria Ltd, Mr. Kayode Aladesuyi, told ITRealms, is furtherance of efforts to curb insecurity across the country, just as all is set for launch in Abuja on Wednesday, August 16, 2017. 

He explained that Hawk Eye is a mobile app that allows users to report crimes anonymously to the Police via video, voice or text.

The solution, he said, integrates the Hawk Eye Mobile phone app for the public, the iPolice mobile app for the officers on the field and a control room dashboard and dispatch functionality.


The system will empower citizens to work with the police in the fight to curb incidences of terrorism, especially Boko Haram and other violent crimes.


It was developed by Lagos based tech firm Web Assets Nigeria Limited, in partnership with US based tech firms BBGN&K and tech giant Microsoft along with the active collaboration of the Nigeria Police.


Speaking ahead of the launch in Abuja,Mr. Aladesuyi, noted that the security challenges facing Nigeria are surmountable with proper synergy between the security agencies and members of the public; a synergy that Hawk Eye embodies.


He remarked that Hawk Eye may well be the technology to close the relationship between the citizens and the police, thus providing human intelligence required for more effective policing, crime control and security.


The Tech enthusiast explained that with Hawk Eye, citizens are empowered as source of human intelligence in the fight against crimes such as kidnapping, terrorism, robbery, human trafficking etc. 

The system, he said, is expected to enhance the community policing plan recently announced by the government to improve security in the country. 

The project, he disclosed, is managed by the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) in charge of ICT, Foluso Adebanjo of the Nigeria Police Force, insisting that all reporting is ANONYMOUS, the app does not identify nor capture the information of person filing report.


He emphasized Hawk Eye truly empowers citizens to report crime anonymously 24/7, stay safe with the ‘find me’ locator and to receive public announcement during emergencies. It equally provides the Nigeria Police with the right resources for effective and efficient response to crimes reported by citizens.


According him, the platform is now available for reporting by citizens in FCT and coming to Lagos in September with roll out planned for other States.

He also said this app was developed by Lagos based tech firm Web Asset., which is working with US based tech firms and tech giant Microsoft to develop the system and provide key technologies such as facial recognition and KPI’s (Key Performance Indicators)with the active collaboration of the Nigeria Police.

He explained that security of life and property is an indispensable ingredient for national growth and development.

“Hawk Eye is a demonstration of the commitment of the Nigerian Police to work in partnership with communities and the Nigerian public to continue to improve the security situation across the country” he said, stressing that Hawk Eye is a revolutionary technology because of the enterprise tools it provides police to respond, address and manage crimes reported.

Aladesuyi said while the Hawk Eye app allows users to report crimes anonymously to the Police by video, voice or text.

“The app is part of a comprehensive security solution that involve the equipping of patrol vehicles with Mobile Device Terminals, providing performance management, data as decision tools and the revamping of the police command and control centers. Essentially the Nigeria Police, provide with the right resources can now provide effective and efficient response to crimes reported by citizens,” he said.

Citizens, he said, are empowered with this app, as source of human intelligence in the fight against crimes such as kidnapping, terrorism, robbery, human trafficking etc.

“The system is expected to enhance the community policing plan recently announced by the government to improve security in the country.The project has been managed by DIG ICT, Foluso Adebanjo of the Nigeria Police Force. All reporting is ANONYMOUS, the app does not identify nor capture the information of person filing report,” he said.

In addition, he said, citizens could download the Hawk Eye Crime Reporting app for free select crime type to be reported capture image, video or call for help.

Emphasising that the system uses the Global Positioning System (GPS) location services, on the user’s mobile phone to identify user’s location for immediate police response.

He assured the app is now available for reporting by citizens in FCT and formal launch is coming to Lagos in September with roll out planned for other States.

Hawk Eye is available in English and Native languages (English, Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba and Pidgin).

“With Hawk Eye access to report criminal and other nefarious activities is only an app click away,” he said, urged Nigerians to ‘Spot It. Report It!’

ITRealms gathered that Hawk Eye is expected to launch in Lagos in September following the launch in FCT.

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