The Imo State Police Command on Monday began enforcement of the ban on the use of police spy number plates in the state.
The command’s spokesperson, Micheal Abattam, announced this in a release made available to newsmen in Owerri, Imo State
The release said, “In line with the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba’s directives on the total ban on the use of SPY number plate by vehicle owners in the country without exception as to whether it was procured with the authorization of Police or not has been revoked indefinitely.
“By this revocation, the Commissioner of Police, Imo State Command, CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde, psc (+) warns in strong terms, all private individuals, companies or groups of companies who had earlier been using or have just procured the SPY Number Plates for their use to immediately revert to the originally registered number plates of their vehicles.
He said the ban becomes inevitable because of the flagrant abuse of traffic rules and regulations and other extant laws guiding the use of Police SPY Number Plates.
The Command warned that apart from vehicles with factory tinted glasses, all other vehicles with artificially tinted glasses, those covering their car number plates or replaced their number plates with the vehicle-designed logo should remove them because anyone caught in these unwholesome acts, his or her vehicle will be impounded and will be made to face the full wrath of the law.
The release reads,” the Commissioner of Police has mandated all Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers and Tactical Commanders of the various units to ensure strict enforcement of this directive with the utmost sense of diligence and professionalism as anyone found complicit or feigns ignorance of this warning, if caught will be made to face the full wrath of the law.”
”The Commissioner of Police while commending Imolites for their unalloyed support, enjoins them to comply strictly with the ban, assuring them of the Command’s commitment with other security agencies to ensure that terrorism and violent crimes are brought to the barest minimum in the state.