By Felix Khanoba
An indigenous digital security company, SAFEX, has been launched in Abuja to help tackle some of the security and emergency challenges bedeviling the country.
Speaking at the launch of the company, the first in Nigeria’s digital security sub-sector at the weekend, Founder of the company, Mr Junior R. Okoli, said the organisation leveraged technology by developing two Apps, System Access For Emergency (SAFEX) and SAFE Protection to checkmate incidents of kidnapping, armed robbery and other security and emergency situations in the country.
He said SAFEX, which ensures needed protection is provided at the click of a button, also makes available trained security personnel (bodyguards) to individuals on immediate request during emergency, adding that both Apps can be downloaded on android and Iphone.
While saying the company has so far engaged the services of 30 trained security personnel, Okoli said the organisation would leave no stone unturned to contribute its quota to tame the insecurity challenges confronting the country.
“Nigerians are facing an existential crisis in terms of security. Nigeria can survive coronavirus, ebola, and corruption but when it comes to insecurity, it is not going to survive it,” Okoli said.
Also speaking at the event, the co-founder of SAFEX, Mr Abubakar Imam, said while access to the services of SAFE Protection- that has all the emergency numbers in the country is free, that of SAFEX requires the payment of little money.
“The first one we launched is SAFE Protection. If you are in an emergency situation, you can access police line, if it is an accident –Road Safety, if it is fire- the fire service number is there, because most times people in difficulty will not remember those numbers but with the Safe Protection the numbers are there and with a click it will go straight to their situation room and at that point they will be able to pick your location whether you speak or not and come for your rescue.
“The SAFEX came up later because of peculiar challenges in providing security. It is for individuals who say I can pay for these services that I just need someone by my door to come and knock and say what is the problem,” Abubakar said.