IGP orders retrieval of SPY number plates from unauthorized users

June 9, 2021
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The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba has ordered the retrieval of SPY Plates number from unauthorized users across the country.

The IGP gave the order while assuring that all existing vehicle tinted glass permits, duly issued by the Nigeria Police Force, remain valid.

According to the Force Spokesperson, CP Frank Mba said the order is coming on the heels of public enquiries following the announcement of the suspension of issuance of new tinted permits by the IGP during the meeting with Senior Police Officers at the Force Headquarters, Abuja on Monday.

The suspension, he said is a temporary measure and will remain in force pending the release of a new protocol that would regulate the issuance of tinted permits for vehicle owners and operators in the country.

The IGP however 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.

He said that 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.

In a similar vein, Baba stated that existing SPY number plates must be used by authorized users, for purposes and vehicles specified by law while issuance of new SPY number plates remain on hold pending the release of a new protocol that would guide its issuance and usage in the country.

Meanwhile, the IGP has directed CPs in the 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.

He 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 further 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.

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

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