Kano Bans Okada From Carrying Passengers.

Last Saturday’s devastating attack on the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, which claimed the lives of six persons, has prompted the State government to ban motorcycle passenger transportation in Kano metropolisand the Local Government Areas.   In a broadcast to the people yesterday by the Acting Governor, Engr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, announced the ban, which will affect both private and commercial on motorcyclists,and take effect on January 24.

According to Ganduje, who spoke in Hausa, “this action by the state government became necessary in order to secure the state from the unnecessary security challenges of recent times.

“We will also ensure that every motorcycle is duly registered so as to ensure the safety of the owner and the security of the state. And we are also calling on the motorcyclists both private and commercial to go their respective Local Government Areas and register.”

He said the new policy follows consultations over the security situation and the commercial viability of the state.

“The government now deems it right that as from Thursday, motorcyclists would be stopped from carrying passengers within the metropolis and the Local Government Areas.”

It would be recalled that beginning on January 20, 2011, when Islamic fundamentalists staged multiple attacks in Kano that left over 300 people dead and several others wounded, there has been a spate of terrorist attacks by gunmen using motorbikes.

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