The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has banned use of Spy number plates nationwide without exceptions, citing insecurity reasons.
And this is irrespective of whether it is authorized, or not, as all authorizations are hereby revoked indefinitely.
This was made known to the public in a statement released by CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, spokesperson of the Nigeria Police force on Wednesday, July 13th.
According to the Nigerian Police Force, the reason for the ban is to forestall the continuous disregard for traffic rules and regulations and other extant laws guiding road use by individuals hiding under the privileges of SPY police number plates.
The statement reads in part below;
”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.”