Lawmakers in the country have reportedly stopped the use of official number plates on their vehicles over fear of kidnapping and murder, according to a Daily Post report.
This comes after a lawmaker from Kano State, Garba Umar-Durbunde, was kidnapped by gunmen along the Abuja-Kaduna Road, after which he reportedly paid N10m ransom to secure his freedom.
Also, Senator Jonah Jang’s aide was killed last weekend, in an attempt to abduct his boss.
A member of the House of Representatives told Punch that it was no longer safe to use official plate numbers, because of the level of insecurity in the country.
“Look around, how many members do you see using their number plates with ‘Rep’ boldly written and displayed?
“Before now, it was fashionable to do so. The number plates could open the way for you because it identified you as a VIP; but not anymore because of security concerns.
“These days, people do not want to be identified as lawmakers. When a member uses the official number plate, you will find out that it will be covered.
“Covering the plates ordinarily means that they are not riding in the vehicles, but the truth is that they are there in them.