The Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, has ordered a complete restriction on the uses of Police SPY number plates by owners of vehicles across all states of the federal government without any exceptions.
Force Public Relations Officer Olumuyiwa Adejobi, announced this in a statement issued on Wednesday, at the Force headquarters in Abuja.
“This is irrespective of whether it is authorised, or not, as all authorizations are hereby revoked indefinitely,” he added.
“This order is necessary 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.”
In the end, the IGP instructed officers from police and other security agencies associated with VIPs using the “SPY” number plates, to ensure they comply with the instructions or risk being detained in violation of the directive.
He requested to the Commissioners of Police (CPs) in the 36 states that comprise the Federation as well as in the Federal Capital Territory, as and their supervisory Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs) to provide full and complete implementation of the guidelines.
Baba specifically instructed his AIGs as well as CPs to ensure that all SPY number plates that are currently being used were confiscated from now on, however the owners of these vehicles are not to be detained except if they were police officers or members of other security agencies performing duty as escorts.
“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,” Adejobi said.