Operatives of Kano Road Traffic Agency (KAROTA), have yesterday clashed with commercial tricycle operators in Kano.
This is following an incident in which an operative of the agency attempted to stop a tricyclist who allegedly carried a passenger on the driver’s seat, which is a violation of the KAROTA traffic law.
Failure of the tricyclist to stop prompted the KAROTA operative to chase him and forcibly turned the tricycle which resulted in the accident that left both passengers and the driver injured.
According to eye-witness accounts, the incident attracted other tricylists who intervened and mercilessly beaten up the KAROTA operative and mounted a road block using their tricycles in an attempt to secure a compensation for the affected tricylist. While other KAROTA operatives on duty around Dangi Round-about took to their heels.
An eye witness, who identified himself as Haidar Abdullahi, said “I saw a KAROTA man chasing a tricylist and eventually jumped in. When they got to Audu Bako Secretariat junction, the KAROTA man forced the tricycle, using his hands, to turn towards Abdu Bako Secretariat as a result of that, they turned up-side-down”.
Another eye witness, Aminu Bakori, said there were four passengers in the tricycle, one of them sustained injury in his hand while the driver sustained injury in his face.
Meanwhile a tricylist who was emotional said “we are fed up with what we are undergoing in the hands of both KAROTA and the MTD police. Before now, we used to pay N100 as tax every day, but now that elections are approaching and they (government) want to use us, they have suspended that one. But we suffer much in the hands of these people”
While briefing media men on the incident, the Managing Director of KAROTA, Architect Ibrahim Garba Kabara, said the tricylist caused the accident in an attempt to escape arrest after violating traffic law.
He called on the commercial tricycle operators in the state to be law abiding citizens saying the matter is being handed over to the Police.
Police Public Relations Officer Kano State Command, SP Magaji Musa Majiya, confirmed the incident saying that “Police were professionally drafted to the scene to maintain law and order. And as I speak to you now, the situation is under control and normalcy has since returned”
He added that “the two KAROTA men who mishandled the situation have been arrested and they are going to face disciplinary action” as the injured were taken to Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital for treatment.