Usman Alkali Baba, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) has prohibited the use of spy plate numbers across the nation.

Mr Baba, issuing the ban on Wednesday in a statement by Muyiwa Adejobi, the force public relations officer, said it is without exception.

The police chief said this became necessary to curtail further disregard for traffic rules and regulations by motorists hiding under the privileges of using police spy plate numbers.

He said the order was also meant to improve internal security.

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“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,” the statement reads.

“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.

“The IGP however warned that while carrying out these assignments, officers must ensure the rights and privileges of citizens are respected in line with the laws of the land and in accordance with international best practices.”

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