Nigerian state to start biometric identification in transport sector to improve security


All persons operating shuttles, tricycles (“keke”), trucks, mini-trucks, lorries and taxis in Nigeria’s Anambra State were given four weeks to submit their biometrics or have their their automobile, according to a press release seen by Biometric update. The exercise will also include market presidents.

The biometric technology is provided by OneID, a subsidiary of payment software provider Appmart Integrated, Vanguard reports.

The State Internal Revenue Service made the announcement in a statement, saying it is part of Gov. Charles Soludo’s efforts to combat rising insecurity in the state.

“The Anambra State Internal Revenue Service (AiRS) would like to inform all stakeholders and transport operators in Anambra State…that there will be a biometric census and enrollment exercise… commencing Thursday, June 2, 2022. Biometric census and registration will take place at designated points to be communicated through union leaders, accordingly,” reads part of the statement.

“All transport players are, by this announcement, required to comply within four weeks of June 2. Failure to comply results in impoundment. This exercise is in line with Governor Charles Soludo’s vision to nip in the bud the state’s recent security challenges,” the statement added.

A paid content placement in Techpoint previously signaled the transition from AiRS identity verification provided by Appmart to facial biometrics in 2019, although it is not explicitly clear whether the exercise will involve facial or fingerprint biometrics. fingerprints or both, or whether the biometric data to be collected will be stored in an AiRS database.

The deployment of biometrics for public purposes is on an upward trajectory in Nigeria. Anambra State itself has introduced voter biometrics for state gubernatorial elections.

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