The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has clarified that all existing vehicle tinted glass permits duly issued by the Nigeria Police Force remain valid.
The Police boss made the clarification in a statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Frank Mba, on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said the clarification became necessary because of the public enquiries emanating from the announcement of the suspension of issuance of new tinted permits by the IG on Monday.
According to him, the suspension would remain in force pending the release of a new protocol that would regulate the issuance of the permits for vehicle owners and operators in the country.
Mba disclosed that the move was 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.
The Force Spokesman noted that the Act was explicit on conditions for the use of vehicles with tinted glasses in Nigeria, adding that it was to address security challenges associated with the use of tinted glasses by criminal elements who hide under the cover of tinted vehicles to perpetrate crime and criminality.
He also stated that existing SPY number plates must be used by authorized users, for purposes and vehicles specified by law.
“Issuance of new SPY number plates will remain on hold pending the release of a new protocol that would guide its issuance and usage in the country,” he said.
He informed that Commissioners of Police across the country and their supervisory Assistant Inspectors-General of Police had been directed to implement the directives.
He said: “The AIGs and CPs had been ordered to ensure that all SPY number plates currently in use by unauthorised users or fitted to unauthorised vehicles are retrieved.
“The IG also warned that while carrying out the assignments the rights and privileges of citizens must be respected in line with the laws of the land and in accordance with international best practices.
Mba, appealed to the public to cooperate with the Police to do their job, saying the measured were aimed at strengthening internal security order in the country.