Police List Nigerians Permitted to Cover Their Vehicle Number Plates

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Nigerian Police Declare Covering Vehicle Number Plates as Criminal, Warns Offenders.

In a stern warning to the public, the Nigerian Police have declared covering vehicle number plates as a criminal act. The Force spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Olumuyiwa Adejobi, conveyed this message through his X handle (formerly known as Twitter) on Saturday, emphasizing that the practice of obscuring number plates will no longer be tolerated.

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Adejobi highlighted that it is a common sight to witness vehicle owners and drivers covering their number plates without any valid reason.

He asserted, “It is wrong and even criminal. You don’t cover your number plate for any reason. It is as important and compulsory for all vehicles to be duly registered. So, it’s compulsory to make registered numbers visible at all times.”

The Force spokesperson urged police operatives and personnel of traffic management agencies to actively pursue and apprehend vehicle owners and drivers who violate this order.


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He emphasized the need to curb impunity, recklessness, and crimes associated with obscured number plates.

This impunity must stop in Nigeria, and we need to know the right thing to do. Our officers and men and other traffic management agencies are aware of this and hereby urged to go after any violator, as such is criminal,” Adejobi stated. “It encourages recklessness and crimes with impunity. Let’s collectively kick against it.”

Nigerians Permitted to Cover Their Vehicle Number Plates

Exceptions were noted for “pennant officers” and heads of the three arms of government—executive, legislature, and judiciary—who are permitted to use pennants or flags on their official cars. Adejobi clarified, “The seal of their offices or ranks (for military or police) go with their numbers and pennants.

However, he stressed that after 6 p.m., the pennant must be removed, and the official vehicles’ number plates should be visible. Additionally, flags on officials’ vehicles must be covered with their registered numbers or the seal of office when not in use.


The police’s stance on this matter underscores the importance of transparency and adherence to regulations for all motorists in the country. The announcement signals a renewed effort to enforce compliance and enhance public safety on the roads.



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