IGP makes clarification on order prohibiting tinted windows, Spy plates

The Nigeria Police Force has made clarifications on the suspension of issuance of tinted vehicles windscreens. Usman

Baba, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), made the order on Monday, June 7, at the Force Headquarters, Abuja.

However, according to him, the suspension would remain in force pending the release of a new protocol that would regulate the

issuance of tinted permits.

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, has affirmed that all existing vehicle tinted glass permits, duly

issued by the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), remain valid. IGP Baba made this known on Wednesday, June 9, in a

statement issued by the Force public relations officer, CP Frank Mba.

He said the clarification became necessary following public enquiries that greeted the announcement of the

suspension of issuance of new tinted permits by the IGP on Monday, June 7, in Abuja.

IGP Added

However, according to him, the suspension, which is a temporary measure, would remain in force pending the release of a new

protocol that would regulate the issuance of tinted permits for vehicle owners and operators in the country.

Baba also noted that the move is part of efforts to streamline the process of issuance and usage in line with the

provisions of the Motor Vehicles (Prohibition of Tinted Glass) Act which is explicit on conditions for the use of vehicles with tinted glasses in Nigeria.

He also said this would effectively address contemporary security challenges associated with the usage of tinted

glasses by criminal elements who hide under the cover of tinted vehicles to carry out their nefarious activities.

Similarly, the IGP stated that the existing SPY number plates must be used by authorized users for purposes, and

vehicles specified by law. He further added that the issuance of new SPY number plates remains on hold pending the release of a new protocol that would guide its issuance and usage in the country.

By Cynthia N.

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