Daily Trust (Abuja)

27 January 2013

Nigeria: Kano Emirate Supports 'Achaba' Ban

Kano — Kano State Emirate Council has expressed its support for the ban on bike taxis, also known as Achaba by the Kano state government last Tuesday following an attack on the Emir of Kano Alhaji Ado Bayero by bike-riding gunmen penultimate Saturday.

The Wamban Kano, Alhaji Abbas Sanusi, a senior council member in the emirate, said the decision to support the government and security agencies to enforce the restriction was borne out of concern for the safety of both the bike riders and other members of the public.

"On behalf of His Royal Highness the Emir of Kano (Alhaji Ado Bayero) and council members, the emirate has supported the government's move to bar motorcycles from taking passengers in Kano because it was noticed that most of the killings that are being carried out in the state are done using motorbikes", Sanusi told newsmen on Friday.

"We are calling on members of the public to support the action for their own security and safety. We are interested only in the maintenance of peace and progress in Kano state".

Sanusi said government had informed the emirate of its plans to introduce alternative means of livelihood to those affected by the ban in order forestall any unpleasant consequences that the policy may generate.

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