The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has instructed its officers across the country to refrain from asking drivers for Customs papers. In a recent tweet by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Muyiwa Adejobi, the directive was issued, also noting that the issuance of tinted glass permits remains suspended.
Adejobi explained that officers are only permitted to stop and search vehicles and their occupants, but should not demand Customs papers. This move is aimed at reducing harassment and extortion of motorists by police officers at checkpoints.
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“No policeman should demand your customs papers. Except they are on joint operation, but not just on mere routine checks”, he tweeted.
“We have suspended issuance of tinted glass permits, so we don’t expect our men to disturb Nigerians on this. We are to stop any vehicle with tints, search the vehicles, and its occupants, but not to delay for not having tinted glass permits.”
The FPRO, a Chief Superintendent, further urged Nigerians to report personnel who delay them.