A right group, Human Rights Liberty Access and Peace Defenders Foundation (HURIJE) has asked the Anambra State Police Command to implement its decision to impound political party and unmarked vehicles in the State as from 1st June, 2019, alleging that some politicians use them in transporting prohibited, regulated and hard drugs.
HURIJE in a statement signed by its chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT), Dede Uzor A. Uzor, lauded the State Commissioner of Police, Mustapha Dandaura for taking the decision. The State Police Command had through a statement from its Public Relations Officer, SP Mohammed Haruna, announced the move, saying that it was necessary since electioneering has ended.
According to Uzor, some dubious and unscrupulous politicians and agents have used these customised political party and unmarked vehicles to perpetrate heinous crime in the State, and sometimes to constitute traffic nuisance on the roads with their recklessness and other glaring traffic violations.
He charged the State Police Command not to relent in implementing the policy to its logical conclusion as “some of them use it to carry prohibited and regulated and hard drugs as well as other harmful products that constitute dangers to the society and human families.
“The Command should enforce the order by impounding all vehicles that the owners violated this directive by refusing to repaint their vehicles or does not carry vehicle number plates. They should prosecute the owners accordingly. There should be no sacred cows on the Prosecution of offenders. Those arrested should not be spared,” he said.
The group also stated that the decision of the police to deal with security men who escort vehicles with covered plate numbers was also commendable, saying it will not only reduce crime in the State but will amount to intimidation of members of the public by security personnel.