Producers of the ‘Chip Whip’ number plate which caused a stir on social media after being linked to the chief whip of the Kano state house of assembly have been arrested by operatives of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and the Department of State Services (DSS).
The number plate producers were arrested following a raid aimed at nabbing producers of fake number plates in Kano and Kebbi.
Bisi Kazeem, the corps public education officer who confirmed the arrest said
”On Tuesday 12th Nov,2019 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.”
He further disclosed that some of the suspects were arrested at Dodaru market, Gwandu local government area of Kebbi state in a joint operation with the DSS, whose state director promised to sustain the tempo in clamping down on producers of fake number plates in the area.
”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,” he said.
”The Corps Marshal who expressed satisfaction over the fruitful synergy thanked the DDirector-GeneralDSS, Yusuf Magaji Bichi for the prompt professional response deployed to arrest the perpetrators of this high level of illegality.
”He, therefore, called on all Nigerians who have vital information about any individual involved in the illegal act to provide such to the Corps for necessary actions.”