‘Why Police Must Enforce Ban On Siren’

The recent ban on the indiscriminate use of siren, revolving light and covered plate number by the Rivers State Police Command has been described as a welcome development and should be sustained.

Some stakeholders who barred their minds to The Vortex correspondent in Port Harcourt decried the rate at which motorist including security personnel’s indiscriminately use siren and revolving lights, to scare other road users in the society.

According to them, the trend in Rivers State had become a source of worry to as some motorists, veered off the road or are involved in road crash, thereby damaging their vehicles and sometimes sustaining injury.

They noted that some people used hilux vans with siren to perpetrate atrocities on the road, as some of them drive against traffic thereby causing  traffic gridlock stressing that the taskforce should, arrest and prosecute any person found violating the ban.

Speaking to The Vortex, The Chairman, Rivers State Drivers Transport Co-operative Union Limited Comrade Binoye Sunday said, siren s are meant for the President of the Country, Governors and other specific personalities, adding that it was being misused by uniform men and others who are not authorized by law, to use such vehicles.

He called on the Inspector General of Police to mandate the OC x-squad to enforce the ban as motorists and other road users were intimidated and assaulted daily by men with siren blarring Hilux Patrol Vans.

In his reaction, Jide Fashakun said the ban is a welcomed development stating however that many Nigerians a motorist, will fault the order especially the unitform men. Fashakun, popularly called “Bana” charged the head of the taskforce in the state, Grace Wornu to carry out her duty without fear or favour to ensure strict compliance, and enjoined those in the habit of using siren indiscriminately to desist or risk facing the full arm of the law.

Also reacting, Elder Thomas Abbey said the ban is aimed at public good because some motorists use it to commit all sorts of crime, and also called for enforcements of the law for effective compliance, law and order.

According to Abbey, the so-called “big men” that acquire vehicles with siren should be watched with keen interest as many criminals hide under such guise.

It would be recalled that the state police command last week banned the use of siren, revolving light and covered plate’s number with immediate effect and set up a taskforce headed by a senior police officer, Grace Wornu to monitor compliance and prosecute offenders.

A statement by the state Commissioner of Police, Mustapha Dandura said the ban is in accordance with the directive of the inspector general of police Mohammed Adamu.

The statement advised the public and private institutions including Banks and, individuals to desist forthwith or be ready to face the law.

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