By Tony Adibe
In an attempt to tackle the nefarious activities of kidnappers and other criminals, the Enugu State Government said it has henceforth banned the unauthorised use of vehicle tinted glasses in the state.
NewsBits recalls that most of the kidnappings and violent attacks on security operatives at checkpoints were rumoured to have been carried out by criminals driving vehicles with tinted glasses, and often, riding in tricycles (Keke) within the state.
In a statement issued on Monday by the Secretary to the Enugu State Government (SSG), Prof. Chidiebere Onyia, the government emphasised that the “ban shall take effect after four (4) weeks of this notice, with consequent enforcement starting on Monday, September 4, 2023.”
He explained that “This is to give owners of vehicles with tinted glasses, who did not obtain Police Tinted Permits before the suspension of its issuance by the Nigeria Police Force on 7th June 2021, sufficient time to have them removed or replaced (if they are factory fitted), in accordance with the provisions of the law.”
Part of the statement read: “defaulting vehicles shall be impounded by the enforcement taskforce and shall not be released to their owners until the tinted glasses are removed or replaced and the specified fines paid.
“It is important to reiterate that the ban is primarily aimed at curtailing the activities of criminals and to generally enhance the security and safety of the good people and residents of Enugu State. We therefore solicit the understanding and cooperation of the general public in this regard. “