Police, Tricycle Riders Clash In Damaturu

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By; MAIDUGU ALI, Damaturu

Damaturu the Yobe State capital was on Thursday morning thrown into pandemonium following a clash between the members of the amalgamated Union of tricycle riders and the Nigeria Police Force.

The incident was said to have occurred as a result of a protest staged by the tricyclists who alleged that their tricycles were been confiscated by the Police.
Speaking to New Nigerian Newspapers Correspondent, the state chairman of the Tricyclist Union, Alhaji Umaru Barau said, what happened in Damaturu was unfortunate.
He called on members of the association to be law abiding, adding that it was wrong for members to take laws into their hands.
Barau explained that if a member or members of the association have issues with constituted authorities, they should follow the right channel of reporting their complaints.
According to him, anybody that can purchase a tricycle at the cost of over seven hundred thousand Naira and doesn’t want to pay fifteen thousand Naira to the state government for registration of such a vehicle, should opt out of the business, adding that it is injustice to the government.
Alhaji Barau reiterated the stance of his association on the issue of the registration, saying that there was no going back.
He called on members to desist from removing wipers of their tricycles because that is another offence.
Barau debunked the allegations that security operatives were arresting tricycles with other states number plates.
He said as long as there are genuine and with all documents, such as vehicle licence, insurance among others, they would not be questioned.

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