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Kano agency, illegal motor park operators clash

Many vehicles were damaged on Wednesday in Kano following a clash between operatives of the Kano State Road Traffic Agency and some illegal motor park operators at Gyadi-gyadi area in Kano metropolis.
An eyewitness told the News Agency of Nigeria that the clash started around 11am when the KAROTA officials stormed the illegal motor park.
The eyewitness said trouble started when the KAROTA officials wanted to stop the park operators, who were members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, from picking passengers at the park.
It was gathered that many vehicles belonging to both parties were damaged during the fracas.
The timely arrival of armed policemen at the scene prevented what would have been a bloody clash between the two warring groups.
Magaji Majiya, the Kano State Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed the clash, saying that the command had since deployed men to the area to restore peace and order.
Majiya said: “As I am talking to you now, we are at the scene and normalcy had since been restored in the area.
“No casualty was recorded, but a number of vehicles belonging to both sides were damaged.”
He said that the police had ordered immediate closure of the park until the issue was resolved between the state government and owners of the park.
He said the police had commenced investigation into the matter to find out the cause of the incident.