The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, in an operation involving State Security Service, SSS, have arrested many producers of fake number plates in Kano and Kebbi.
Among those arrested were the producers of the ‘Chip Whip’ number plate, which drew a lot of troll and condemnation on social media about a fortnight ago because of it stark error in spelling.
Bisi Kazeem, the corps public education officer, Boboye Oyeyemi, corps marshal, directed Zubairu Mato, Kano state sector commander, to collaborate with security agencies to smoke out the syndicate involved in producing fake number plates in the state.
He said the SSS in Kano was informed and that its operatives swung into action to arrest the perpetrators.
”On Tuesday 12th Nov, 2019 SSS raided the following areas in Kano state; Sabon Gari, Kofar Ruwa, Gidan Boss (Kofar Mazugal) Kofar Wambai (Yan Robobi) and Naibawa Zaria road,” he said.
”At Sabon Gari, a suspect was arrested and subsequently charged to Court for production of fake number plates. The suspect was apprehended while digging the ground to hide the illegal number plates in his possession to evade arrest.”
Reacting to the success of the operation, the state director of the DSS in Kano promised he would continue to clamp down on producers of fake number plates in the area.
Mr Kazeem also said the corps arrested some syndicates at the Dodaru market, Gwandu local government area of Kebbi state, who specialise in selling illegal number plates to motorcyclists in a similar operation.
According to him, ”The suspects were arraigned on Friday before the Chief Magistrate Court 1 Birnin Kebbi. The accused pleaded not guilty but were remanded in prison custody by the Chief Magistrate till 28 November, 2019 when the case will be represented for hearing,” he said.
”The Corps Marshal who expressed satisfaction over the fruitful synergy thanked the Director General DSS, Yusuf Magaji Bichi for the prompt professional response deployed to arrest the perpetrators of this high level of illegality.
”He therefore called on all Nigerians who have vital information about any individual involved in the illegal act to provide such to the Corps for necessary actions.”