Police Lagos Command to impound vehicles with ESCORT, PILOT and SPY as plate numbers; policemen attached to the vehicles will also be arrested.
Police Lagos Command has directed officers to impound vehicles using PILOT, SPY and ESCORT as plate numbers. The command described the practice, common to some eminent persons in the state, as illegal and unconstitutional.
In addition to the seizure of the vehicles, the policemen attached to the vehicles will also be arrested.
This was revealed by the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, CP Hakeem Odumosu, over the weekend at the command’s headquarters, Ikeja.
According to CP Odumosu, the enforcement of this order would begin in high brow areas like Victoria Island and Ikoyi.
“We are going after them. Nobody has the right to put a vehicle on the high way with plate numbers covered. It is unacceptable because it is against the law. Unfortunately, this practice is prevalent among the so-called Very Important Personality, VIP areas, who are supposed to be learned.
“Most of them have their escorts vehicles plate numbers as ESCORT and PILOT. No vehicle is registered as Pilot or escort as the plate number. Henceforth, we shall not only be impounding these vehicles, but the policemen in the vehicles will also be arrested as well.”
“The SPY numbers are for operational vehicles. A situation where you put spy numbers on Jeeps is completely against the law and we will begin to impound such vehicles. We will start our operation in Victoria Island, Ikoyi and other high brow areas where these ‘big men’ who know the law but are violating them, reside.”
“All vehicles must be registered. In order not to be on the wrong side of the law, they are strongly advised to abide with this directive because we shall be out for them”.