The Nigerian Police Force (NPF) announced that it has received over 10,000 fake emergency alerts in four days on its ‘Rescue Me App’. ayokinews.com
The Acting Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, announced the report via his official Twitter account on Wednesday.
The ‘Rescue Me App‘ was created by the police to assist persons in distress to report crimes in their various communities while also providing immediate access to police helplines.
Adejobi, in a tweet, stated that some individuals prank testing the service had caused significant traffic on the system by sending out false emergency alerts to the police.
He further urged Nigerians to only utilize the service when they are in actual need, so that the police can assist people those in distress.
The FPRO also underlined the app’s usage while urging citizens to work with the police.
“On our NPF Rescue Me App, we want to urge Nigerians to please stop fake alerts. These are causing more harm to the system and jeopardising it. In the last four days, we have received more than 10,122 fake alerts.”
“And that’s why we have heavy traffic on the system, thereby affecting the genuine callers. We have more than 5000 pending or awaiting OTP to proceed on the app; it’s due to this unnecessary heavy traffic on the system.”
“We are sure the app is good, efficient and helpful; that’s why we initiated it to improve our security network. Pls, cooperate with us on this,” Adejobi stated.
Aside from crime reportage, other features embedded in the ‘Rescue Me App’ includes requesting an ambulance, emergency contact, reporting a police officer, and navigation.