Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba on Wednesday, July 13, banned all police SPY vehicle number plates across Nigeria. The Nigerian police said the order affects vehicle owners across the states of the federation without exceptions, Baba made it clear that this is irrespective of whether the number plate is authorized, or not, as all authorizations are hereby revoked indefinitely. He said that the directive was informed by the need to put an end to “continuous disregard for traffic rules and regulations and other extant laws guiding road use by individuals hiding under the privileges of SPY police number plates.”
Part of the IGP’s order contained in a statement released by CSP Olumiyiwa Adejobi, the force’s public relations officer, read: “The IGP has therefore directed that police officers and officers of other security agencies attached to VIPs who use the SPY number plates should ensure prompt compliance with this directive or risk being arrested for violation of the order.
“Meanwhile, the IGP has directed Commissioners of Police (CPs) in the thirty-six (36) States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, as well as their supervisory Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs), to give full effect to the directives as contained above. “The IGP specifically directed the AIGs and CPs to ensure that all SPY number plates currently in use are confiscated henceforth but the owners of such vehicles should not be arrested unless they are police officers or officers of other security agencies on escort duties.”