From Scholastica Hir, Makurdi

Benue State Police Command has banned the covering of vehicle and motorcycle number plates saying it is an offence and will not be allowed in the state.

The state Commissioner of Police, CP Hassan Steve Yabanet, gave this warning in a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer PPRO SP Catherine Anene and made available to newsmen in Makurdi on Sunday.

The statement read, “Benue State Police Command wishes to inform the general public, particularly motorists and vehicle owners that covering vehicle number plate is an offence and will not be allowed in the state.”

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The Commissioner noted that the practice of covering number plate has become increasingly prevalent in the state and had posed a significant security treat to the state as criminals can take advantage of the practice to perpetuate crime and get away with it.

CP. Yabanet has therefore ordered all Area Commanders, Tactical Commanders and Divisional Police Officers to impound such vehicles for investigation and prosecution.

He advised motorists to ensure that their vehicles registration number plates remain clearly visible at all times while driving within the state to avoid any inconvenience that may be caused by the enforcement process.

He urged the Benue to corporate with the police so that “Together, we can contribute to the promotion of public safety and the maintenance of law and order in Benue State.”