The Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, has given a two-week ultimatum to commercial drivers in Abuja to register their vehicles.
Arase gave the ultimatum when the national and state executive committees of the National Union of Road Transport Workers visited him in his office, Abuja.
“The National President and Secretary, I will give you a grace of two weeks after which we will start clamping down on all vehicles that ply FCT highways without proper identification,” he said.
He added that the clampdown would start from FCT because of its cosmopolitan nature and due to the number of unpainted taxis operating in the city.
He said there were more of unpainted cabs in Abuja. “That is why we want to start it here before it becomes a nuisance. We have a very serious problem in Abuja, there is a lot of kabukabu without registration plying the highways,” he said.
He urged state chairmen of the union to ensure that their members registered and insured their vehicles.
Arase said the police always had problems with motorists on the highways because of improper identification.
He appealed to members of the union to avail the police of useful information to discharge their responsibility to the people.
“There is no police anywhere in the world that can perform its statutory responsibility without the mandate of the people. You are the people. You must give us that mandate, you must give us that information and if you are able to do that, you would have performed your civic duty,” he said.
Earlier, Alhaji Najeem Yasin, National President of the union, promised it would ensure that its members registered their vehicles before the two weeks deadline.
Yasin said the union would seek for extension if they were unable to beat the deadline.