The Police said the introduction of a new Biometric Central Motor Registration (BCMR) is designed to fight terrorism, Kidnapping and car theft in the country.
Police force spokesman CSP Frank Mba made this known at a press briefing in Abuja yesterday.
He said the registration take effect from Monday next week and would involve the registration processes of vehicles, tricycles and auto-bikes from the analogue to the new system.
He argued that the decision informing the introduction of the new process was against the backdrop of contemporary security challenges bordering on terrorism, high incidence of car theft, carjacking, kidnappings and other crimes.
Mba said unlike the analogue procedure, the new method operate on smart-cards and portable hand-held receiver and is a specially developed technological means of attaching automobile owner's unique traits and personal data to their vehicles for proper identification and protection purposes.
He said the new system is designed for forensic analysis as fingerprints can be matched or verified against finger prints collected during registration.
He explained that, facial matching can also be achieved with the new police database and can match still pictures and frames from a video stream.
The system, he said can also match 500,000 pictures per minute with a database of 150 million.
He stressed that the new process is to provide a one-stop information data base for all vehicle owners and serve as a strong forensic base for investigations which is expected to enhance policing in tracking down and locating positions of missing vehicles, preventing crimes, arresting criminals, guaranteeing safer and a more secure use of our roads.
Mba explained that there are three means of registration either at designated Banks, on-line or at some Police Commands across the country.