In a swift investigation and tactically orchestrated covert operation by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and the Department of State Services (DSS) to track down the producers of fake number plates in the country; both agencies have apprehended some syndicates in Kano and Kebbi states in connection with the production of illegal number plates, including the fake Kano ‘Chip Whip’ number plate.
According to Bisi Kazeem, the Corps Public Education Officer, upon sighting the illegal number plate, the Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, immediately directed the Kano State Sector Commander, Corps Commander Zubairu Mato, to collaborate with security agencies to fish out the syndicates involved in producing fake number plates in the state.
On Tuesday 12th November, 2019, the DSS raided the following areas in Kano State: Sabon Gari, Kofar Ruwa, Gidan Boss (Kofar Mazugal) Kofar Wambai (Yan Robobi) and Naibawa Zaria Road.
At Sabon Gari, a suspect was arrested and subsequently charged to court for production of fake number plates. The suspect was apprehended while digging the ground to hide the illegal number plates in his possession to evade arrest.
Reacting to the successes recorded in the operation, the State Director, DSS Kano, promised to sustain the tempo of clamping down on producers of fake number plates in the state.
In a similar operation, the Corps arrested some syndicates at the Dodaru market, Gwandu Local Government Area of Kebbi State who specialise in selling illegal number plates to motorcyclists.
The suspects were arraigned on Friday before the Chief Magistrate Court 1 Birnin Kebbi.
The accused pleaded not guilty but were remanded in prison custody by the Chief Magistrate till 28 November, 2019 when the case will be represented for hearing.