Nigeria’s road safety force, The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has swung into action in a bid to clamp down on producers of fake plate numbers not authorized by the agency. The agency was put into the spotlight after a plate number allegedly belonging to a lawmaker in Kano trended for a misspelling.
Bisi Kazeem, the chief spokesperson for the FRSC, said a joint operation with the State Security Service (SSS) targeted syndicates in Kano and Kebbi States — during which many were arrested.
Some of the areas where the operation was conducted in Kano included Sabon Gari, Kofar Ruwa, Gidan Boss (Kofar Mazugal) Kofar Wambai (Yan Robobi) and Naibawa Zaria Road, Mr Kazeem said.
The agency said in the course of the sting operations in Kano and Kebbi states that it apprehended the maker of the infamous “CHIP WHIP” plate number.
He and members of his syndicate were arraigned on Friday before the Chief Magistrate’s Court 1 in the capital Birnin Kebbi.
The accused pleaded not guilty but were remanded in prison custody until November 28, 2019 for further hearing, Mr Kazeem said.