Yobe tricycle operators protest, leadership reacts


The leadership of the tricycle operators, popularly known as (Keke Napep) has condemned the act of some members who embarked on a protest on Tuesday in Damaturu.

Independent Reporters report that Keke Napep operators embarked on protest against extortion and indiscriminate arrests of members by the Yobe State Road Traffic Management Agency (YOROTA).

Alhaji Umaru Barau, the Chairman of the Keke Napep association expressed disappointment and condemned the action of some of his members.

He said YOROTA demanded members to effect some changes in their vehicle numbers, which provoked them.

“Instead of them to call our attention to the issue, they decided to go on stike.

“People will think that the protest was with the knowledge of the leadership, but it is not,” he said

Therefore, Barau called on the aggrieved members to stop and contact the leadership in order to resolve the issue amicably.

“We are calling on them to stop the protest and go back to their businesses.

“By the Grace of God we will take necessary measures by meeting relevant authorities to reaolve the issue,” the chairman said.

Yobe state command of the Nigerian police force described the protest as an outright breach of law and order.

The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Dungus Abdulkarim said “It is an outright breach of law and order for members of the public to protest on grievances that can be easily addressed through justifiable means.”

He added that the Police Command has deployed necessary measures and restored orders in and around Damaturu metropolitan vouncil.

He warned that police would not allow or spear any group or individual who tried to destabilize peace in the state.

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