Police Clampdown on Tricycles in Yobe State

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Police in Yobe state have clamped-down on unregistered commercial tricycles.
This followed a massive protest staged by commercial tricyclists on Wednesday in Damaturu.

The protesting tricyclists had barricaded all major roads, routes and highways in the town, causing traffic gridlocks.

The protesters, who came out as early as 9am under the aegis of All Commercial Motorcycle Riders Association of Nigeria, had alleged that policemen were extorting them.

One of the protesters, who simply identified himself as Ahmed, told journalists that: “Policemen have been harassing us over alleged non-registered plate number.”

The police later came out with a statement issued by it’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Abdulmalik Abdulhafeez, disclosing clampdown on what he termed unregistered tricycles.

He said the action became imperative following the persistent flouting of curfew placed on tricycles and the use of unregistered tricycles to commit crimes especially abduction, theft and other sundry crimes.

He said the Yobe Police Command decided on the clampdown of unregistered tricycles to nip the situation in the bud.

The statement read: “Unfortunately some miscreants who claimed to be members of tricycle association took law into their hands, they also damaged the traffic light at the central roundabout and prevented innocent people from accessing the roundabout.”

The PPRO noted that the clampdown was purely a criminal act and has nothing to do with Wednesday’s protest.

He said: “We are assuring all law abiding citizen of their safety,” while appealing to parents and guardians to warn their children and wards to desist from taking law into their hands as anyone caught will be charge to court.

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