Lawal Abubakar, the Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, has instructed officers of the command to arrest and prosecute unauthorised motorists driving with sirens, flashers or beacons.
In a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer of the command, Daniel Ndukwe, on Saturday in Enugu, the police chief urged residents of the state to celebrate the yuletide responsibly.
“Contrary to the National Road Traffic Regulations (2012), no person other than the President, Vice President, President of the Senate, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Justice of Nigeria, Deputy President of the Senate.
“Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Governors and Deputy Governors of States shall drive a vehicle on any public road using sirens, flashers or beacon lights.
“Others include military, para-military agencies, fire service and ambulances on emergencies.
Mr Abubakar said he’s ordered Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers and Heads of Tactical / Operational Units of the Command to arrest and prosecute violators of the regulations.
“The enforcement is aimed at stopping criminal elements from using sirens, flashers and beacons as covers to evade the preying eyes of security operatives, thereby perpetrating their criminal activities in the state this festive season,” he said.
The commissioner enjoined residents to be vigilant, and report criminals and their activities to the nearest police station, assuring them that “Such reports or information shall be accorded utmost confidentiality and necessary actions.”