By M. Peter – Jos

A Plateau State based security outfit, Operation Rainbow has launched a free mobile app to allow users communicate with intelligence officers of the outfit, give timely information and enable them nip violent crimes in the bud.

The app, an early warning tool which would also assist in tracking violent criminal activities in the State is available on Google play store for free.

Cornelius Shiolbial, the State Permanent Secretary, Cabinet and Special Duties revealed that the app which is the first to be launched by a State in Nigeria is modeled after the Nigeria Police Force app, “iPolice-Hawk Eye” and is specifically targeted at boosting early warning signals, detection and response to security threats by the outfit.

Operation Rainbow had earlier unveiled a toll-free crime reporting channels: 30812 SMS code, 0906-01000-10 toll free line and 112 Emergency lines designed in collaboration with Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) and the app contributes to minimize violent crimes in the State.

The outfit had before now, been responding to threats reported through its email and social media handles –,, but its capacity is being built and supported by the United Nations Development Program, UNDP for improved performance and effective crime fighting.