ABUJA – Following the recalcitrance of vehicle owners across the country to remove tinted glasses on the orders of the Federal Government, the Minister of Police Affairs, Mr. Humphrey Enemaku Abbah, Monday announced the decision of government to commence a nationwide arrest and prosecution of offenders beginning from next Monday.
Recall that two weeks ago, the Police and other security agencies commenced the physical removal of tinted glasses, not factory fitted, from vehicles after an initial ultimatum given by the Police Affairs Ministry expired.
A statement by the Ministry of Police Affairs and signed by James Odaudu, Press Secretary to the minister read: “Beginning from Monday, March 21, offenders of the recent ban on the use of vehicles with tinted glasses will be arrested and prosecuted by the Nigeria Police”.
According to the statement, the Minister of Police Affairs is miffed that “in spite of the long period of grace given for the removal of the tints from their vehicles, some people were bent on flouting the laws in the guise of being Very Important Personalities or their relations.”
Consequently, the Minister has “directed the police to begin nationwide arrest and prosecution of offenders in line with the Motor Vehicles (Prohibition of Tinted Glasses) Act, with the exception of those officially exempted from the ban and users of vehicles with factory fitted screens”.
Giving assurance that there would be no sacred cows in the implementation of the rule, the Minister said it would no longer be business as usual in the enforcement of laws in Nigeria, especially those having to do with the security of the nation and its people.
“The federal government has, within the past month, embarked on aggressive public enlightenment on the ban and embarked on public removal of tints from public, private and official vehicles which were personally monitored by the Minister and the Inspector-General of Police,” he said.