Internal security: IGP bans use of Spy number plates nationwide

Usman Alkali Baba, the Inspector-General of Police, has issued an absolute ban on the use of Police SPY vehicle number plates by all drivers throughout the federation’s states. No matter if it has authorisation or not, all authorizations are hereby permanently cancelled.

According to a statement made by CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, spokesperson for the Nigerian Police force, the order is required to prevent anyone driving under the privilege of SPY police number plates from continuously disobeying traffic laws and other laws governing road use.

The statement in part read

”The IGP has therefore directed that police officers and officers of other security agencies attached to VIPs who use the SPY number plates should ensure prompt compliance with this directive or risk being arrested for violation of the order.

Meanwhile, 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 are confiscated henceforth but the owners of such vehicles should not be arrested unless they are police officers or officers of other security agencies on escort duties. 

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. Other security agencies and members of the public are enjoined to cooperate with the Police in this regard as the moves are aimed at strengthening our internal security.”

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