IGP Bans Use Of Spy Number Plates, Issuance Of Tinted Permits

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba yesterday announced the immediate suspension of tinted glass permits and issuance of SPY number plates in Nigeria as a means of fighting the ravaging insecurity.

The police chief pointed out that some mischievous persons have capitalised on the license to commit heinous crimes.

According to Baba, ‘I have also received reports of the abuses associated with the use of SPY plate numbers and tainted glasses. For the avoidance of doubts, SPY number plates are for official use of some categories of corporate bodies, while tinted glass permits are issued under some statutory regulations.

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He went further to explain that; ‘Unfortunately, several individuals have of late turned the use of SPY number plates and tinted glass into a status symbol and have fraudulently obtained such. There have also been reports that some criminal elements are also utilising them as cover for their nefarious activities

“Accordingly, henceforth, the issuance of SPY number plates and tinted glass permits are hereby suspended. The existing authorisations are being reviewed and a protocol to regulate the issuance of such permits will be evolved.

“In due course, an enforcement mechanism that will enforce the standardised process of issuance of SPY number plates and tinted glass will be implemented across the country. The Nigeria Police will work closely with the leadership of the Federal Road Safety Commission in this regard.

“An emerging trend in which some motorists cover their number plates has also been noticed across the country. This practice inhibits our law enforcement operations and hence, is intolerable. Consequently, Commissioners of Police are tasked to, as part of their operations, arrest any motorist involved in this act.

“The compliance to this directive shall be confirmed in the course of my ongoing tours to your commands and any departmental head, zonal commander, commissioner of police or unit head that is found wanting will be dealt with.’ he concluded.

Insecurity has been a very big challenge for the West African country in recent times.