Police clarifies order on tinted glass, SPY number plates

Police clarifies order on tinted glass, SPY number plates

IGP Usman Alkali Baba


The Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has clarified that all existing vehicle tinted glass permits, duly issued by the Nigeria Police Force, remain valid.

Baba’s clarification comes on the heels of public enquiries following the announcement of the suspension of issuance of new tinted permits by the IGP during a meeting with senior police officers at the Force Headquarters, Abuja on Monday, 7th June, 2021.

The suspension, a temporary measure, 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, in a statement issued Wednesday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, noted that the move was 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.

“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,” Mba said.

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In a similar vein, the IGP stated that existing SPY number plates must be used by authorised 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 Commissioners of Police across the Federation and their supervisory Assistant Inspectors General of Police, to give full effect to the directives.

“The IGP specifically directed the AIGs and CPs to ensure that all SPY number plates currently in use by unauthorised users or fitted to unauthorised 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 police spokesman said.

According to Mba who enjoined the public to cooperate with the police, the moves are aimed at strengthening the nation’s internal security order.

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