The Inspector General of Police Solomon Arase has given Abuja commercial drivers two weeks ultimatum to get proper identification for their vehicles or face clampdown.
The IGP explained that the registration is necessary because of the insecurity in the country.
This was disclosed in Abuja Thursday when the National Executives of the National Union of Road Transport Workers visited him at the Force Headquarters.
The IGP said: “For now, the clampdown is restricted to Abuja, and it is because Abuja is more cosmopolitan and the complaints we receive are more prevalent in Abuja, that is why we want to clamp down on Abuja quickly before it becomes a nuisance.
“In Abuja, we have a very serious problem. There are lots of kabu kabu drivers on the highway and you will agree with me that when we have issues of insurgency that we have in this country, it could be very dangerous. So there must be a way of attacking those vehicles that are not properly registered to avoid calamity.
“I give the drivers the grace of two weeks. After two weeks, we will start clamping down on all vehicles that ply the highway in FCT without proper identification because we want orderliness. The drivers should either use a particular colour of paint or stickers as form of identification so that our work will be easy for us.”
The IGP sympathised with NURTW over the lives of members that were lost in areas hit by insurgency and urged the union to also embrace security in motor parks.
The Police boss said: “Motor parks should ensure that members register and that when it is time for them to renew their papers, they are also guided on how to go about it. We will also ensure that the parks are well secured.