The lawmaker representing Ogo-Oluwa/Surulere federal constituency, Hon. Olusegun Odebunmi, has explained why the use of official number plates outside Abuja should be discouraged.
This is coming as members of the National Assembly have devised new security measures to stay safe.
According to Bunvic, as Odebunmi who has just been re-elected for the third term is called, urgent security measures need to be put in place to make the country a better place to live for everyone.
Among other measures, Saturday PUNCH learnt, lawmakers have abandoned their official numbers plates, which show that they are members of the National Assembly.
Those who spoke said they were afraid of kidnappers.
They said that their departures, arrivals and destinations were only known to those they trusted.
Bunvic said the use of official number plates outside Abuja should be discouraged.
He said, “We are in serious danger. While some parts of the country are okay (safe), some are not. If you are living in Abuja, using the official number plate may not cause issues. But if you are outside Abuja or you are travelling out of it by road, official number without security officials will attract serious danger to you. If you are going outside Abuja by road, use the ordinary (private) number except you are moving with security personnel.
“Nigeria seriously needs to do something. Many VIPs are seeking police cover for themselves but can we continue with this? How many policemen do we have in the country that they will be assigned to all the VIPs? What happens to the common man? The best thing is for the country to do something by engaging more personnel and providing more equipment and technology – sophisticated ones.”