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THE Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Boboye Oyeyemi has directed Commanding Officers across the nation to collaborate with the police in enforcing the ban on spy number plates.

Oyeyemi, according to a statement released on Thursday by the Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, commended the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba, for banning the spy number plates.


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The Corps Marshal also directed the immediate reversal of number plates on vehicles to the original registered number plates.

Vehicles with spy number plates are to be impounded.

Oyeyemi further ordered that private vehicles using commercial number plates should be impounded.

According to the FRSC boss, faded and other unauthorised number plates pose a threat to national security.

“Road users who also parade faded number plates should endeavour to replace them with new ones so as to avoid impounding their vehicles.

“[There are] implications of the continued use of faded and other unauthorised vehicle number plates to national security.

“The use of the spy and other unauthorised number plates to continually violate traffic rules and regulations must be brought to a halt, hence the directive given to Commanding Officers to brace up and ensure that they give adequate priority to the enforcement,” Oyeyemi was quoted as saying.

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The ICIR reported that the Inspector-General of Police, on Wednesday, banned the use of spy number plates nationwide.

According to the IGP, the number plates are to be seized irrespective of whether they are authorised or not.

According to the IGP, the decision was taken to forestall the continuous disregard for traffic rules and regulations and other extant laws guiding road use by people hiding under the privileges of spy number plates.

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