The Chief Whip of Kano State House of Assembly, Ayuba Durum, has said he does not own the vehicle with the registration number plate Kano “Chip Whip” trending for days on the social media.
Neither is the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), the agency saddled with the responsibility for producing registration numbers owning up to producing it.
The question, then, is who owns the vehicle plying the streets of Kano; and who produced the embarrassing number plate?
The FRSC says it will investigate and get to the bottom of it, and has ordered its sector commanders to clamp down on users of fake plates.
Said Bisi Kazeem, FRSC spokesman, “The attention of FRSC has been drawn to the above number plate with wrong spelling of CHIP WHIP instead of CHIEF WHIP.
“We wish to inform the general public that this particular number plate was not produced by FRSC and could not have been from us as a lead agency of elites in traffic management, we are therefore clarifying clearly of our not having anything to do with the said plate as it is been insinuated in certain social media platforms.
“Furthermore, the Corps Marshal, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi has directed the Sector Commander of Kano to investigate the origin of the purported fake number plate and thereafter bring the perpetrators to book while ordering all field commands to clampdown on fake number plates.”
The Kano House of Assembly Chief Whip, Durum, told an online newspaper, Daily Nigerian, “I was baffled by a torrent of messages drawing my attention to a gaffe on a number plate purported to be mine.
“To set the records straight, members of the Kano State House of Assembly are yet to be assigned any official vehicles.
“I use my private vehicle with a regular not customised number plate. My vehicle registration number is Gaya, Kano, and whoever knows me can verify this.”
According to him, he has directed his lawyers to get to the root of the matter and take appropriate legal action.