A policeman and 23 others were injured in a free-for-all clash on Wednesday between officials of Kano Road Traffic Agency, KAROTA, and members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, in Kano.
The incident, which occurred under the Ado Bayero Bridge, Kano, had triggered pandemonium as commuters and passers-by scampered for safety.
Security sources in the city told journalists that the clash began when the traffic agency tried to close what it termed as an ‘illegal motor park’ located under the strategic flyover, along Zaria Road.
It was learned that the planned eviction met with strong resistance from members of NURTW, who overpowered officials of the traffic agency and their armed escorts.
Several vehicles were vandalized in the ensuing fight – culminating into hiccups on both human and vehicular movements on the strategic federal highway.
Consequently, the Kano Police Command deployed personnel to the scene and restored normalcy, while the razing bonfires were dismantled for vehicular movement.
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer in Kano, DSP Magaji Musa Majia, said that “A policeman was injured during the fracas.”
DSP Majia further stated that “Windscreens of a number of vehicles were smashed during the mayhem,” adding that normalcy has been restored.
He revealed that the Commissioner of Police, Rabiu Yusuf, has set up a committee to investigate the remote and the immediate cause of this fracas.