CSO Cautions KAROTA Over Arbitrary Arrests of Tricycle Riders Carrying Passengers

AREWA AGENDA –  A civil society organisation ‘War Against Injustice’ has appealed to Kano State Government and the State House of Assembly to caution the State Road Traffic Agency (KAROTA) to desist from harassing and threatening private Tricycle riders carrying a passenger with arrest as this is illegal.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Executive Director of the Organisation, Comrade Umar Ibrahim Umar on Thursday.

The organization decried the action of KAROTA whereby private Tricycle riders with the passenger are mostly arrested under the guise of violating the law that banned motorcycle riders from carrying a passenger.

It can be recalled that Kano State first introduced the law banning motorcycles from carrying passengers in January 2013 following a series of attacks by gunmen on motorbikes.

Also, the ban was reintroduced in September 2017 as part of measures against insecurity in the state.

Similarly, on June 18th,2020, the Managing Director, Kano Road Traffic Agency (KAROTA), Alhaji Baffa Babba Dan Agundi announced the ban at a news conference in the state.

‘’The law is very clear and straight forward. It banned commercial motorcycle operation whereby they pick passengers for commercial benefit, not a private motorcycle rider that carries his wife or son as the case may be, ‘’said the statement.

While citing the verdict in the case of Saifullahi & 2 others Vs KAROTA decided at a Kano High Court of Justice presided over by Justice Nasiru Saminu held that arresting two persons on one motorcycle for private use is null and void. The CSO decried the illegal and unconstitutional arresting of a private motorcycle rider with a passenger as a court of law has nullified it.

The civil rights group noted that urgent attention should be accorded the plea so as for people not to take laws into their hands when they cannot get justice

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