“I have directed all Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers to clamp down on motorists that utilize siren, revolving lights and tinted glasses on the highways”.
The Rivers State Police Command has banned the public use of siren, revolving lights, and tinted glasses in the state “with immediate effect.”
In a statement issued by an Assistant Superintendent of Police, Grace Koko, Wednesday, the police said that it is enforcing the ban after a critical consideration of the abuse to which the use of those items had been subjected to.
“There is no doubt that real and potential threats to internal security make it an issue of constant review and analyses with a view to devising appropriate control strategies and attaining an enhanced security situation,” Ms. Koko, the Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, said.
The statement, issued on behalf of Tunde Ogunsakin, the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, noted that those items are being used to commit “different forms” of crimes in the state.
“Furthermore, they are also deployed as easy forms of escape by criminals after committing crimes in order to escape arrest and prosecution.
“Consequently, I have directed all Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers to clamp down on motorists that utilize siren, revolving lights and tinted glasses on the highways,” said Mr. Ogunsakin.
“It is important to emphasize that no form of approval will be entertained from any motorist. I am by this medium imploring all road users to ensure compliance with this order which has become inevitable in order to enhance the capacity of the Nigeria Police in Rivers State to prevent crime and easily detect crime upon commission.
“I continue to encourage all law abiding citizens of Rivers State to go about their lawful businesses. It is my earnest plea that you remain vigilant and report any suspicious movement to the Police,” Mr. Ogunsakin continued.
“Once again, I sincerely solicit the cooperation of everyone including the media for a peaceful Rivers State where people can carry out their lawful businesses without let or hindrance,” he added.