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Fighting Terrorism: Inspector-General of Police Bans Unauthorized Use of Tinted Car Windows & Sirens



In a bid to improve the security of lives and property in the country, the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar has ordered a ban on the unauthorized use of tinted car windows, Police Supernumerary (SPY) number plates, revolving lights and sirens by members of the public.

Intelligence reports have pointed out that terrorist groups and gunmen, who have been killing innocent people and destroying property across the country use these security items to deceive both security personnel and unsuspecting members of the public, hence the ban.

In a statement signed by Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Frank Mba, the IGP said the ban on the indiscriminate use of siren, revolving lights, tinted glasses and Police Supernumerary (SPY) number plates by unauthorized person or persons on public highways across the country takes immediate effect.

Abubakar in a statement on Sunday, said police officers have been directed to ensure strict enforcement of all extant laws regulating their usage.

He has therefore directed all Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General and Commissioners of Police to ensure that all violators of the laws within are arrested and brought to book.

Abubakar said SPY plate numbers were only to be used on operational vehicles of banks and companies so assigned and should not be used by private persons (VIPs and Executives of corporate organisations) under any guise whatsoever.

He advised motorists to immediately remove from their vehicles all unlawfully procured revolving lights, sirens, tinted glasses and SPY plate numbers.

“Citizens are therefore advised to immediately dismantle/remove from their vehicles, all unlawfully procured revolving lights, sirens, tinted glasses and SPY plate numbers as Police officers nationwide have been directed to ensure strict enforcement of all extant laws regulating their usage.”

He advised motorists to immediately remove from their vehicles all unlawfully procured revolving lights, sirens, tinted glasses and SPY plate numbers.This is definitely some sad news for ‘tinted glass’ lovers. With the large number of vehicles on the streets having dark, tinted glasses, it is obvious that most of the occupants are not ‘authorized’ like the Police said.

VIPs and Executives of corporate organizations, company heads and even the next guy on the street just wants to have his car windows tinted.

Do you have a car with tinted windows or sirens? How does this news affect you? Is the ban on unauthorised use of revolving lights, sirens, tinted glass and SPY plate numbers a step in the right direction?

Please share your thoughts.

News Source: Punch | Vanguard

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. Emmanuel

    May 14, 2012 at 7:38 am

    It will help in one way or the order in curbing or reducing the insecurity state of the nation.

  2. Zee

    May 14, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Abeg this guy sld speak english! Which one is ‘unauthorised’? My car has factory tinited glasses, does that make it unauthorised? English! Smh!

    • kiki

      May 14, 2012 at 8:42 am

      yes its “unauthorised” abi you dont understand english? change the glass or buy a new car without factory fitted tinted windows. its people like you that try to make life dufficult.

  3. busarni

    May 14, 2012 at 9:05 am

    @kiki; really lol. True talk dear,trust naija peeps,abi he is tryin to tell us he drives a car,smh. yu beta park dat car @ home n enta brt or keke,we r tryin to make de country safe n yu r ,,,,,,,Mtscheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeew.

    • Homely

      May 14, 2012 at 9:30 am

      @kiki and @busarni, its u both that should park well, hian see attacking o, abeg free d guy. so you would feel safe or safer if all cars are not tinted rite? U na never start.

  4. Tiki

    May 14, 2012 at 9:16 am

    I thought something could be ‘unauthorised’ only when you needed ‘authority’ to have it in the first place? Was there a pre-existing law prohibiting people from tinting their glasses? Plus, does this mean that previously these cars went by unchecked? How will the ban help, what shall the procedure for authorisation be? This sounds like a half-baked publicity stunt to me.

  5. Rabina

    May 14, 2012 at 10:01 am

    I thought tinted glass cars were banned ages ago in Nigeria????

  6. busarni

    May 14, 2012 at 10:18 am

    @homely; wat r yu saying. how do yu expect security operatives to identify people in tinted cars. abi yu be witch? that can see thru tinted glasses,probably yu r alien to the recent happenings in naija of late. Pass de mic jooooooor,

  7. Berry Choco Latte

    May 14, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    The terrorism aspect isn’t why I wholeheartedly cheer this news… Why should any private citizen drive around with sirens??????????????????? Sirens are for emergencies – not because you want to cut through traffic! How about you leave your house early?

    *I hate driving in this country*

  8. konnie

    May 14, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Is that the root cause of the problem

  9. Richard

    May 14, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Is a very good idea brought by IGP 2 stop the uses of sirens bcos they threaten other road users.

  10. busarni

    May 15, 2012 at 8:08 am

    @konnie; was dat supoz to be a question? oya ansa yurself na or yu jus pass de mic,,,

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