Nigeria: Nigeria Police Force Takes Stringent Measures Against Unauthorized Tinted Glasses in Bid to Curb Kidnappings

Nigeria: Nigeria Police Force Takes Stringent Measures Against Unauthorized Tinted Glasses in Bid to Curb Kidnappings

By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria

In a concerted effort to tackle the alarming rise in kidnappings and crimes in Nigeria, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has announced its intention to clamp down on vehicles with unauthorized tinted glasses. This decisive move was revealed by the force spokesperson, Muyiwa Adejobi, during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Thursday.

Adejobi asserted that vehicles with unauthorized tinted glasses have become a contributing factor to the pervasive kidnappings and crimes in the country. Expressing concern, he noted that a significant number of individuals opt to have their car windows tinted, creating challenges for law enforcement.

The force spokesman emphasized that many violent crimes, especially those related to vehicles, are closely linked to the mobility facilitated by tinted glasses. Adejobi highlighted the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kayode Egbetokun’s, commitment to addressing this issue. He mentioned that the IGP conducted a meeting with experts and officers on Wednesday to strategize on reviewing the issuance of tinted permits for vehicles.

“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 explained.

The force spokesman also pointed out that the use of unregistered vehicles is considered a criminal offense. He issued a stern warning against individuals covering their number plates and stressed that such actions are unacceptable.

Regarding the issuance of tinted permits, Adejobi clarified that it is not an automatic process. Even when importing a vehicle, he stated that all tinted glasses must be removed. He criticized the sale of vehicles with tinted glasses, whether factory-fitted or man-made, urging dealers to adhere to the regulations.

Adejobi acknowledged that there are exceptions for very important personalities (VIPs) and individuals with defective sights, who may be permitted to use vehicles with tinted glasses. He highlighted that the IGP has established a committee to delve into the matter, with the report expected to be ready soon.

This proactive stance by the Nigeria Police Force signifies a dedication to enhancing public safety and addressing the challenges posed by the misuse of tinted glasses, especially in the context of the escalating crime rates in the country. The forthcoming report is anticipated to provide insights into the proposed measures to regulate tinted glass usage and improve overall security on the roads.

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