IGP Orders Retrieval of SPY Number Plates from Unauthorised Users

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Usman Baba, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), has asked all Assistant Inspector-Generals of Police (AIGs) and Commissioners of Police (CPs) to remove all SPY number plates in use by unauthorized persons or attached to unauthorized cars as soon as possible.

According to the IGP, existing SPY number plates must be utilized by authorized users for the purposes and vehicles stipulated by law, while new SPY number plate issuance is on hold pending the announcement of a new protocol that will guide its issuance and usage in the country.

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Baba also confirmed that all existing car tinted glass licenses granted by the Police Department are still valid.

The clarification, the IGP said, is coming on the heels of public enquiries following the announcement of suspension of issuance of new tinted permits during a meeting with Senior Police Officers at the Force Headquarters, Abuja last Monday.

He stated that the suspension, which is a temporary measure, will stay in effect until the publication of a new protocol governing the issuing of tinted permits to car owners and operators in the country.

The move, according to the IGP, is part of attempts to expedite the process of issuance and usage in accordance with the terms of the Motor Vehicles (Prohibition of Tinted Glass) Act, which is explicit on the requirements for the use of vehicles with tinted glasses in Nigeria.

Baba said the development is in addition to, among other things, effectively address contemporary security challenges associated with the usage of tinted glasses by criminal elements who hide under the cover of tinted vehicles to carry out their nefarious activities.

According to a statement issued on Wednesday by the Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba, the IGP has directed Commissioners of Police (CPs) in the thirty-six (36) Federation States and the Federal Capital Territory, as well as their supervisory Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs), to fully implement the directives listed above.

However, the IGP stressed that in carrying out these duties, officers must guarantee that people’ rights and privileges are protected in accordance with the laws of the land and international best practices.

Baba enjoined members of the public to cooperate with the Police in this regard as the moves are aimed at strengthening the internal security order.

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