Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, has again ordered his officers to arrest and bring to book, motorists using tinted glasses, as well as unregistered vehicles.
Abubakar also expressed worry over what he called “the negative security implications associated with the unrestrained infringement on relevant laws on the use of tinted glasses and unregistered vehicles despite repeated warnings by the police authority”.
In a statement by the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, on Thursday, the IG reminded politicians, military and security personnel that the ban on unlawful use of tinted glasses and legislations, forbidding the plying of unregistered vehicles on the highways, were still in force.
According to him, use of tinted glasses can heighten criminal activities, and place unnecessary pressure on security agencies and law-abiding citizens.
He said, “In view of the danger posed by the indiscriminate use of tinted glasses and unregistered vehicles, corroborated by recent security reports that criminal elements, including suspected terrorists, now hide under the cover of the use of unregistered vehicles, tricycles and motorcycles to execute their nefarious trade; the IG wishes to remind Nigerians, including politicians, military and security personnel, that the ban on indiscriminate use of tinted glasses and the legislations forbidding the plying of unregistered vehicles on our highways are still very much in force.”
The IG stated that the police would no longer tolerate the abuse of tinted glasses and unregistered vehicles, which he said complicated the challenge of policing the country.
Abubakar, who advised owners of vehicles with tinted glasses to remove them immediately, also urged drivers of unregistered vehicles to register them immediately.