Security beefed up in Kano ahead of planned protest by commercial motorcyclists

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The Kano State Government has deployed security officials to the city ahead of the planned protest by commercial motorcyclists popularly known as ‘Achaba Riders’ after Friday prayers.

The Achaba Riders are protesting against the temporary ban on motorcycles for commercial purposes in Kano.

The state government announced the ban on Tuesday following an attack on the Emir of Kano on Saturday by bandits riding on motorcycles.

The government said it imposed the ban to enable it register an estimated one million motorcycles riding the city’s roads.

But the residents, and Achaba Riders alike, are aggrieved over this decision, as they say it is their source of livelihood and a veritable means of transportation in the city.

They say they will descend heavily on the streets to protest the ban.

On Friday, however, the city woke to a large number of assault weapon wielding security officers. They had mounted several checkpoints within the city.

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