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Drivers block Kano road to protest KAROTA beating



Drivers block Ibrahim Taiwo Road

Mukhtar Yahya Usman

Some truck drivers blocked the busy Bello Road roundabout in Kano metropolis over the alleged beating of a driver by Kano Road Traffic Agency (KAROTA) officials.

KANO TODAY reports that the incident happened along Ibrahim Taiwo Road at about 2:00pm and lasted for three hours on Tuesday.

The blockage affected the routes leading to Singer and Kantin Kwari Markets.

The truck driver at the center of the crisis, Kabiru Muhammad told reporters that he was arrested by KAROTA officers on a charge of using additional headlamps illegally.

Driver Kabiru Muhammad

“I was arrested by KAROTA men who asked me to remove the additional headlamps from my truck but I told them I couldn’t remove them instantly.

“They ordered me to park but before I could comply, one of them asked me to let him drive the truck and I refused.

“He therefore insulted me and another officer hit me on the head with a bamboo stick. That’s why you see all this blood.” He said.

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One of the protesting drivers, Auwal Yusuf said they blocked the road in solidarity with the fate of a fellow driver.

Mr Yusuf said they will not accept abuse of their human rights by KAROTA officials.

Police spokesperson in Kano, Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa confirmed the incident.

Mr Kiyawa, a deputy superintendent of police said the command has dispersed the trucks and ordered the arrest of all KAROTA officials on duty at the area to investigate the matter.

However, KAROTA is yet to respond to the matter as its spokesperson Abubakar Nabulisi Kofar Na’isa’s cell phone was switched off when contacted by KANO TODAY.