As part of security measures against the resurgence of Boko Haram in Kano State, the Kano Road Traffic Agency (KAROTA) has banned the use of motorcycles for carrying passengers in the Kano metropolis. In addition, mobile courts were reactivated, to try anyone found guilty of not complying with the ban.
The Managing Director (MD) of KAROTA, AIG Mohammad Hadi, made this known while addressing journalists in his Office on Monday.
He said that information at their disposal indicated that, with the military bombardment in the Northeast, Boko Haram was now looking for other locations, especially Kano, to perpetrate their evil acts, and that it was the reason they were taking all measures to ensure the security of lives and properties.
Hadi reminded that the ban was enacted in February, 2013, when investigations showed that attacks were being carried out using motorcycles. He said that the law was only relaxed to make life bearable when the State became peaceful again.
The KAROTA boss explained that the ban was not restricting movement of motorcycles entirely, but was only stopping the carrying of passengers.
He also revealed that, so far, 607 offenders had already been prosecuted in the first seven days of enforcement.
Those found guilty would be charged to six months imprisonment or a fine of N10,000, or both.