In February, according to several media reports, the Federal Government (FG) was set to ban tinted windows in cars. Some time before then, the use of sirens by civilian vehicles and non-emergency vehicles was banned in the country.
The recent escalating danger of terrorism in Nigeria, especially from Boko Haram, has led to an increased awareness of the gaping lapses in security in the country. It is widely believed that this lax security situation in the country is made so by corruption in government and in security agencies. Whatever the truth may be, it’s an acceptable conclusion that the weaknesses in our security system has emboldened criminal elements amongst us by creating an environment where they operate in ease and have little fear of reprimand.
The Nigeria Police is waking up. The recently announced ban on sirens, tinted car windows, and SPY license plates is meant to help close some of the loopholes in security.
Part of a statement from the office of the Inspector General of Police M.D. Abubakar, reads:
“This order has become imperative in view of recent security reports that indicate that suspected criminals now hide under the cover of official privileges and courtesies associated with the use of sirens, revolving lights, and Supernumerary (SPY Police) plate numbers to commit crimes and beat police and other security checks, thereby evading arrest and prosecution. In view of the negative security consequences associated with such unrestrained infringement of relevant laws associated with the use of sirens, revolving lights, tinted glasses and SPY numbers; the IGP has directed all Zonal AIGs and Command Commissioners of Police to ensure that all violators of the laws within their jurisdictions are arrested and brought to book.”
The IG also asked car (and motor cycle) owners to register their vehicles as soon as possible, to avoid any mishap.
All this appears in order, till we recollect that the ban on the use of tinted car glasses and sirens have been announced repeatedly in the past by the same police force. Can any of these repetitious pronouncements be enforced? Or is it just more lip service in the name of security?
Next thing they should do: find and prosecute those who allowed non-police officers to obtain (illegally) SPY number plates.
Meanwhile, this is sure to cause major discomfort for owners of cars with factory-tinted windows. Will it affect you?