June 13, 2021

BREAKING; IGP makes further clarifications on issued tinted permits, spy plate numbers

The Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba Alkali on Wednesday, June 9, confirmed that all existing users of vehicle that have tinted permits, duly issued by the Police Force, remains valid.

According to the IGP, the suspension which is only temporary, will remain in place until the release of a new protocol that would regulate the issuance of tinted permits for vehicle owners and operators in the country.

The information was contained in a Police Press Release signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba.

The statement was made to clarify questions arising from the announcement made by the IGP on Monday about the ban on all vehicles with tainted windows.

In the statement, the IGP also stated that spy number plates must only be used by authorized users only, while the issuance of new spy plates should be placed on hold. In addition, the IGP directed the Assistant Inspector Generals and Commissioner of Police to ensure that all spy number plates currently in use by unauthorized users or affixed to unauthorized vehicles, are retrieved with immediate effect.

Part of the statement reads, “The IGP noted that the move is part of efforts to streamline the process of issuance and usage in line with the provisions of the Motor Vehicles (Prohibition of Tinted Glass) Act which is explicit on conditions for the use of vehicles with tinted glasses in Nigeria.”

“This 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.”

“This 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.”

“The IGP has directed Commissioners of Police (CPs) in the thirty-six (36) States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, as well as their supervisory Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs), to give full effect to the directives as contained above.”

“The IGP specifically directed the AIGs and CPs to ensure that all SPY number plates currently in use by unauthorized users or affixed to unauthorized vehicles, are retrieved forthwith.”

“The IGP however warned that while carrying out these assignments, officers must ensure the rights and privileges of citizens are respected in line with the laws of the land and in accordance with international best practices.”

The IGP also appealed to Nigerians not to disregard the directives as it will only cause more breakdown of law and order in the country. He also urged the Police to enforce the law in their various states and command.

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