As part of measures to tackle terrorism and other criminal activities in the country, the Federal Road Safety Corps has initiated the process of opening its drivers’ database to banks and security agencies.
With this initiative, financial institutions can easily verify their customers’ identity by accessing the FRSC database while security agencies could use the information from the database to investigate criminal cases.
The Corps Marshal, FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi, who said this during a training workshop on the new driving licence and number plates organised for members of the security agencies in Abuja on Tuesday, explained that the access being granted would enable security agencies to check forgery and other criminal acts.
Oyeyemi stated that the FRSC is building synergy and cooperation with other security agencies to check counterfeit driving licence and number plates by touts and fraudsters.
He noted that the corps’ insistence on due process for acquisition of driving licence has paid off, noting that the document now enjoys international recognition and acceptance in some states in the United States of America and other European countries.
The Corps Marshal said, “We are creating a synergy with other security agencies and granting them access to our database and with this, banks and security agencies would now have access to the FRSC database for verification of customers and other individuals as part of measures to check insecurity in the country.”
Oyeyemi knocked motorists who patronised touts, stressing that it is cheaper to procure the driver’s licence from the FRSC.
“The driver’s licence is N6, 550, so why give somebody N10, 000 or N15,000 to do a fake one for you? Is that not stupidity?” he asked.
Oyeyemi claimed that more security features had been built into the licence to make it difficult to forge or duplicate, noting that no one can obtain it by proxy without undergoing biometric data and physical capturing.