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IGP bans use of SPY number plates nationwide over insecurity

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The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered a total ban on all use of Police SPY Vehicle Number Plates by vehicle owners across the states of the federation without exceptions.

This was contained in a press release signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, at Force Headquarters in Abuja.
According to CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, IGP Baba said the directive stands irrespective of whether it is authorized, or not, noting that all authorizations are hereby revoked indefinitely.

He said the 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.
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, he 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.
He, however, said that the owners of such vehicles should not be arrested unless they are police officers or officers of other security agencies on escort duties.

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