The Nigeria Police Force, (NPF), has vowed to clamp down on vehicles with unauthorised tinted glasses.
The force spokesman, Muyiwa Adejobi, disclosed this in an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Thursday.
According to him, vehicles with unauthorised tinted glasses contribute to the ubiquitous kidnappings and crimes in the country.
The Force spokesman lamented that every Tom, Dick and Harry wants to have their car glasses tinted in Nigeria.
Adejobi said the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kayode Egbetokun, had a meeting with experts and officers on Wednesday on how to review the issuance of tinted permit for vehicles.
He said, “You will discover that some of these crimes, particularly violent crimes, vehicle-related crimes, are connected.”
“You can’t have kidnapping, you can’t have some of these incidences without being mobile, either the use of vehicles, bikes or tricycles, and most of the vehicles they use now are tinted and that is why we want to clamp down on the use of tinted glasses.”
Adejobi also said the use of unregistered vehicles is criminal and warned those covering their number plates to desist from such act.
Speaking on tinted permit issuance, Adejobi said it is not automatic, adding that, “Even when importing a vehicle, all tinted glasses must be removed.”
“We don’t expect dealers to be selling vehicles with tinted glasses, whether factory-fitted or man-made,” he said.
The police spokesman, however, said very important personalities (VIPs) and people with defective sights can be considered to use vehicles with tinted glasses.
He said the IGP has set up a committee on the matter and the report should be ready anytime from now.