The Acting Inspector-General of Police (IG), Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, has ordered a ban on the indiscriminate use of siren, revolving lights, tinted glasses and Police Supernumerary (SPY) plate numbers by unauthorised person or persons in the public and highways across the country.
This order, according to a statement signed by the Acting Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), had become imperative in view of recent security reports which indicated that suspected criminals were now hiding under the cover of official privileges and courtesies associated with the use of sirens, revolving lights and Supernumerary (SPY Police) plate numbers to commit crimes beating Police and other security checks, thereby evading arrest and prosecution.
Based on this, the IG directed all zonal AIGs and Command Commissioners of Police to ensure that all violators of the laws within their jurisdictions were arrested and prosecuted in view of the negative security consequences associated with such unrestrained infringement of relevant laws in the use of sirens, revolving lights, tinted glasses and SPY numbers.
“We wish to state clearly here that the Nigeria Police Force can no longer fold its arms and allow few Nigerians turn our highways into dangerous and lawless theatre – harassing, intimidating and endangering the lives and property of other road users through the reckless and indiscriminate use of sirens. In the same vein, members of the public are reminded that SPY plate numbers are only to be used on operational vehicles of banks and companies so assigned to and cannot be used by private persons (VIPs) and Executives of corporate organisations inclusive under any guise whatsoever.
“Citizens are therefore advised to immediately dismantle/ remove from their vehicles all unlawfully procured revolving lights, sirens, tinted glasses and SPY plate numbers as Police officers nationwide have been directed to ensure strict enforcement of all extant laws regulating their usage,” the statement said.
“In addition, the Police High Command wishes to advise owners of vehicles, motorcycles and tricycles plying our nation roads and highways without plate numbers to take urgent steps and register such automobiles immediately. Citizens are reminded that it is unlawful to operate automobiles on our highways without registration. Person (s) found violating this very important traffic rule will be dealt with in accordance with the law.
Abubakar, therefore, reassured the public of the commitment of the Force to the provision of round-the-clock security for the teeming citizens of the country.
In the same vein, citizens are reminded of their civic responsibility of obedience to all laws of the state and thus advised to conduct their daily interactions and businesses within the confines of the law.
They are further enjoined to continue to support and assist the Police in its constitutional task of safeguarding the nation.