Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase has ordered unpainted taxi drivers in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT-Abuja and unregistered taxi drivers across the country to comply with the law within two weeks or face the consequences.
Arase handed down the order during a courtesy visit of the President of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, Najeem Yasin and the chairmen and secretaries of the 36 states and the FCT to the force headquarters.
According to Arase, the order had become necessary considering that insurgents take advantage of such elements.
The IGP said although the major parks were now equipped with barricades, the presence of the unpainted and unregistered taxis could give the terrorists the loopholes they could capitalise on.
The police boss also said some of the major face-offs between the police and members of the union always take place on the roads when the drivers are requested to present their vehicle registration documents and they are unable to produce such, adding that a collaboration between the police and the NURTW was of utmost importance and could go a long way to avert some of the planned attacks carried out in motor parks by the insurgents.
The NURTW President, Yasin hailed the removal of roadblocks by the IGP and called on the police to intensify patrols on the highways, saying that it is the only way the vacuum created by the removal of roadblocks would not be felt.

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