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.