by Isi Esene
The Defence Headquarters (DHQ)in Abuja yesterday alerted the public on its number plate, stolen from one of its official vehicles where it was parked on Sunday. It is suspected that the number was stolen so as to be used in perpetrating a crime in view of the high level of insecurity in the country.
According to the Daily Trust Newspapers, the statement said the DHQ was compelled to inform the public because it has failed to apprehend the robbers neither have they been able to locate the number plate.
The statement signed by Commander M. A. Wabi on behalf of the director of Defence Information, Colonel Mohammed Yerima said:
“A military vehicle number plate DHQ 455 belonging to Defence Headquarters was stolen where it was parked on Sunday August 5, 2012.”
“The general public is requested to be on the lookout for any vehicle bearing the said plate and report to the nearest security agency.
“This information has become necessary due to the current security situation in the country. All security agencies, formations and units are to be on alert to avoid any use by criminal elements.”
There have been reports of criminals and religious militants posing as police or military officers to commit crimes but the sheer audacity of stealing a number plate directly from the Defence Headquarters smacks of criminal desperation.
Now, the DHQ is banking on our vigilance to retrieve its number plate.