The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has on Tuesday banned with immediate effect the covering of Vehicle Number Plates by all unauthorized vehicle users across the Country.
The ban followed intelligence report that the unwholesome practice may be deployed by some “unscrupulous” persons to aid the commission of electoral related offences before, during and after the Saturday, 9thMarch, 2019 Gubernatorial/House of Assembly elections.
The Force Public Relations Officer, frank Mba, the IGP disclosed this in a statement.
According to the statement, the IGP warned that security personnel found escorting defaulters will be summarily dealt with.
The statement reads in part, “Apart from the above immediate possible threats to the polls, IGP also noted that the covering of Vehicle Number Plate amounts to a clear breach of the Road Traffic Act and other relevant laws of the land.
“In addition, the act could also impact negatively on national security and safety and has the capacity to; heighten criminal activities, engender atmosphere of lawlessness, shield perpetrators of crime and place unnecessary pressure on security agencies in their routine crime prevention and monitoring tasks.
“The IGP therefore directs all Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs) and Commissioners of Police (CPs) in the Zonal and State Commands to strictly enforce the restriction order at their various Areas of Responsibilities (AOR) and to ensure that all defaulters are dealt with according to the law.
“The IGP also warns that any security personnel found escorting their principal with an unmarked vehicle or those with masked vehicle number plates will be arrested and dealt with accordingly.” The statement read.