The Ogun State Police Command is to impound vehicles using political party stickers as number plates or covering the existing number plates.
This was contained in a statement which was electronically signed by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, on Tuesday.
According to him, the command has observed with concern that some politicians have cultivated the habit of covering their vehicles’ number plates with the stickers of their various political parties “thereby making it difficult for security agents to identify the registration number of such vehicles.”
Oyeyemi stated that the practice is inconsistent with the best practices all over the world, and vowed that the command was not going to tolerate such irresponsible behaviour in the state.
The statements read: “The Ogun state Police Command has observed with concern that in recent times, some politicians have been in the habit of covering their vehicles’ number plates with the stickers of their various political parties thereby making it difficult for security agents to identify the registration number of such vehicles.
“This practice is inconsistent with the best practices all over the world, and it’s not going to be tolerated here in Ogun State.
“Every vehicle needs to be identified with its number plate, and for anybody to cover such number plates means that the person is having a criminal intention.
“The command is hereby using this medium to warn those involved in this practice to desist from it henceforth, as standing order has been given to Area commanders and DPOs to clamp down on such violators.
“There is nowhere in the road traffic act, where the sticker of the political party or any other sticker is allowed to be used in place of number plates. Therefore, anybody caught in such activities will be dealt with in accordance with the law.
“To be warned is to be armed.”