Following the deteriorating spate of insecurity in the country, the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, has vowed to clamp down on vehicles with unauthorized tinted glasses. This was disclosed by the Force spokesman, Muyiwa Adejobi while speaking in an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Thursday.
According to the Police, vehicles with unauthorized tinted glasses contribute tremendously to the ubiquitous kidnappings and crimes in the country. The Force spokesman lamented that every Nigerian wants their vehicles tinted even when they are not permitted to.
To clamp down on the unauthorized use of tinted glass, Adejobi said the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kayode Egbetokun, had a meeting with experts and officers on Wednesday 31st January, 2024 on how to review the issuance of tinted permit for vehicles. The interview monitored by www.pointblank.com.ng quoted the Force spokesman as saying, “You will discover that some of these crimes, particularly violent crimes, vehicle-related crimes, are connected.”
He pinpointed that “you can’t have kidnapping, you can’t have some of these incidences without being mobile, either the use of vehicles, bikes or tricycles, and most of the vehicles they use now are tinted and that is why we want to clamp down on the use of tinted glasses.”
Adejobi warned that the use of unregistered vehicles is criminal and advised those covering their number plates to desist from such act or they will prosecuted accordingly.
Speaking further on tinted permit issuance, Adejobi clarified that it is not automatic, adding that, “Even when importing a vehicle, all tinted glasses must be removed”. He said “we don’t expect dealers to be selling vehicles with tinted glasses, whether factory-fitted or man-made”.
The police spokesman, however, spoke on the exception which is a common feature of every law that Very Important Personalities (VIPs) and people with defective sights can be considered to use vehicles with tinted glasses.
He said the IGP has set up a committee on the matter and the report should be ready anytime from now