IGP orders removal of impounded vehicles from police stations

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has ordered the immediate removal of all impounded, accidented and unregistered exhibit vehicles from police stations nationwide.

According to a statement by the Force Spokesperson Muyiwa Adejobi, on Tuesday, the IGP urged all concerned members of the public to approach various police stations for the recovery of their vehicles, with valid proof of ownership and proper means of identification.

He said the vehicles were constituting a nuisance and disgusting sight at police stations across the country.

It read in part, “The IGP frowns at the practice of stockpiling vehicles recovered from crime scenes or vehicles which their ownership is being contested or in doubt, in police premises with stringent requirements and cumbersome processes for the rightful owners to reclaim them.

“The order was predicated on the manner in which these vehicles are stacked within police facilities causing nuisance and disgusting sight at Police Stations, which is embarrassing and unprofessional.

“He said such an act would no longer be tolerated as it is tantamount to gross abuse of administrative and judicial processes.

Usman further emphasized that heads of police stations and formations should embark on due process to carry out the needful evaluation and release such vehicles in these categories, on bond, to their owners.

“The IGP reiterates that the directive is part of efforts being put in place by his administration to ensure a conducive working environment for its personnel in order to set in motion such required strategies to combat crime and criminality in the country.

“The IGP further assures that decongesting the Police Stations and facilities nationwide would be of great operational advantage to the Force in effectively dispensing its policing responsibilities and giving succour to the owners of such exhibit vehicles.

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