For motorists, especially private car owners in Nigeria, it is now a big relief for them as the Police Force Headquarters a couple of days ago, banned police officers on duty from checking Nigerian Customs papers and tinted glass permit. CSP Olumuyiwa who is the acting Force Public Relations Officer disclosed this in a twit he made from his official handle on Twitter.
In the twit which went viral last week as many media outfits re-twitted it, the top cop explained that, “No policeman should demand your Customs papers. Except they are on joint operation, but not just on mere routine checks. We have suspended the issuance of tinted glass permits, so we don’t expect our men to disturb Nigerians on this.”
The twit further disclosed that the police men on duty can stop any vehicle with tinted glasses for routine checks and search the vehicle and the occupants as well.
“We are to stop any vehicle with tints, search the vehicles, and its occupants, but not to delay for not having tinted glass permits.”
For a long time now, millions of Nigerians have been made to part with their hard earned money in the hands of many policemen over tinted glass permit.
The pronouncement from the Force Headquarters has been described as a welcome development by many Nigerians but the issue according to a young car owner who spoke with Umuaka Times may most likely lead to trouble. Hear him. “Will it be reasonable for you to argue with police men on duty over tinted glass who have perhaps, been smoking and drinking while on duty? The Force Headquarters has given this order but it will be very difficult for Nigerians to resist such demands from police officers, especially when you are alone at night on a lonely express road.”
To show the seriousness of the police over the new rule, the Force Headquarters also released some contact telephone numbers where such violations can be reported to.