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“Vehicles with Tinted Glasses will be Seized” – Inspector General of Police

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For a while now, there has been a law in Nigeria that prohibits driving with tinted glasses. Although most road users haven’t taken it seriously, it seems the Police is ready to enforce the law and begin seizing such vehicles.

Yesterday, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar directed state Commissioners of Police and Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs) to seize vehicles with tinted glasses and prosecute their owners in line with extant laws.

He described the use of tinted vehicles as unlawful.

In the directive contained in a statement issued by Frank Mba, the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, he said the ban on tinted glasses also applies to politicians, military and security personnel. The statement, which was made available to The Nation, noted that the indiscriminate use of tinted glasses poses a danger as “criminal elements including suspected terrorists” hide behind them to commit crimes.

“It also noted with grave concern the use of unregistered/unlicensed vehicles by some motorists on the highways in spite of repeated warnings from police authority. This unbecoming attitude has the capacity not only to heighten criminal activities but to place unnecessary pressure on security agencies and law abiding citizens.

“The IG wishes to remind Nigerians from all walks of life, including politicians, military and security personnel that the ban on unlawful and indiscriminate use of tinted glasses and legislation forbidding the plying of unregistered vehicles are still in force. He wishes to clearly state that the Nigeria Police will no longer tolerate few misguided Nigerians who abuse the use of tinted glasses and unregistered/unlicensed vehicles. Similarly, owners of unregistered/unlicensed vehicles are advised to immediately register them and obtain appropriate licences or withdraw them forthwith from public roads,” the statement noted.

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 www.deolascope.blogspot.com

14 Comments

  1. douby

    March 22, 2013 at 7:16 am

    What about factory fitted tints?

  2. IYBEE

    March 22, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Please, what of cars with factory fitted glasses that are equally see through are they included????

  3. Jenny Craig

    March 22, 2013 at 9:31 am

    This IG of police is not bad o.

  4. Stella Kashmoney

    March 22, 2013 at 9:46 am

    They have no work. Nothing better to do than to start seizing cars.

  5. Havoc

    March 22, 2013 at 9:46 am

    So the police has nothing else to focus on? Nigeria is a joke.

  6. esco

    March 22, 2013 at 10:02 am

    This is just a joke. Tinted glass also protect the occupants from direct sunlight. When will the police wake up?

  7. mz b

    March 22, 2013 at 10:04 am

    yimu

  8. Iris

    March 22, 2013 at 10:17 am

    I thought the issue was that you needed to have some kind of license for it and then it was okay. Secondly, I don’t believe this ‘all walks of life’ story. All the governors and commissioners that drive around with tinted windows will be affected? Really?

  9. Missy

    March 22, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Instead of him to worry abt boko haram continuous threats and deadly attacks hisss what an idiot

  10. pynk

    March 22, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    SO albinos like me cant drive tinted cars? Jokers.

  11. taiwo

    March 22, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    these people are fools fools!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Ohaleta Azubuike

    April 2, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Stopping tinted cars will not stop criminality unti IGP and his group decide to stop it. My question is, how many of these vehicles have been impounded and released simply bc the owner have paid some token or the other? D truth is that this is another way of making money for themselves for the Easter, what a shame for Nigerian police!

  13. Anonymous

    April 4, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    It is quite strange and a little bit funny as virtually all publications so far have not been able to make this issue any clearer to Nigerians.we all know there is what is called a PERMIT issued for use of tinted glass.is it still in use?what happens to factory fitted tinted glass vehicles owners? Do they get the permit or the IG is say total replacement of the glass.when they say prosecuted this doesn’t have a meaning is it a fine? is it a jail term?these laws are not specific that is why the police would tell someone to come and pay 80000 to clear his car and some other 12000 ..all this without receipts..everyone seem to keep quite at the top but i believe our media and journalist should be more involved in this.

  14. Dayo

    April 10, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Please can anybody help out, what is the amount to be paid for the permit for we are trapped again into money making Police force of Nigeria who is finding another reason to come back to the street instead of going to face the GREAT BOKO HARAM(Confirmed oko Olopa)

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