The Nigerian Police has warned that it would start to impound any vehicle in Lagos State with PILOT or ESCORT as number plates , while it would arrest policemen inside such vehicles. .
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, CP Hakeem Odumosu who gave the warning over the weekend, at the command’s headquarters, Ikeja stated that the enforcement of this order would begin in high brow areas like Victoria Island, Ikoyi, among others.
Odumosu also disclosed that the use of SPY plate numbers by some eminent persons in the state would no longer be tolerated, describing the action as illegal and unconstitutional.
The Police Commissioner warned Lagosians irrespective of their status to desist from driving in vehicles with covered plate numbers or those with ESCORT, PILOT and SPY as plate numbers,saying that the Police in the State would go after them.
He said no one has the right to put a vehicle on the high way with plate numbers covered, adding that it is unacceptable because it is against the law.
The Police Commissioner said , unfortunately, the practice is prevalent among the so-called Very Important Personality, VIP , who are supposed to be learned.
He disclosed that most of the VIPs have their escorts vehicles plate numbers as ESCORT and PILOT , saying that no vehicle is registered as Pilot or Escort as the plate number.
‘’Henceforth, we shall not only be impounding these vehicles, but the policemen in the vehicles will also be arrested as well. We will start our operation in Victoria Island, Ikoyi and other high brow areas where these ‘big men’ who know the law but are violating it, reside’’, according to him.
Odumosu pointed out that SPY numbers are for operational vehicles, pointing out that a situation where someone puts spy numbers on Jeeps is completely against the law and as such all vehicles must be registered so as not to be on the wrong side of the law , be arrested and face sanctions.