The Kano Road and Traffic Agency (KAROTA) arrested 3,245 offenders from January to December.
This is contained in a statement by the Public Relations Officer of the Agency, Nabilusi Abubakar, on Friday in Kano.
He said the number of offenders reduced in 2022, compared to previous year when KAROTA recorded 7,835 offenders.
According to the statement, “in the year under review, the Agency succeeded in registering a total of 52,242 tricycles under the Kano Tricycle Permit System.
“This registration is very important to us, hence anyone whose tricycle is duly registered will not use it to commit any crime knowing fully well he will be caught.
“So far a lot of bad eggs among the tricycle operators have been arrested.
“With the registration we have been able to identify and arrest phone snatchers who intimidate people in the state, using tricycle for such crimes.
“KAROTA has succeeded in recruiting over 500 new personnel which has further increased our presence in the state, particularly within the metropolis as well as created new zonal offices at Tudun Wada and Doguwa, respectively,” he said.
Abubakar further explained that during the year, the Kano Traffic Agency Law, 2022 (Amendment number one) was passed by the State House of Assembly.
He added that with the law, it would conduct its operations smoothly in the state.
“Through our legal department, the Agency obtained court warrants to successfully demolish illegal structures blocking roads within the metropolis and in some major markets which obstructed free flow of traffic.
“Anyone who erects any illegal structure on any of our roads will not be spared,” he said.
He expressed gratitude to the general public and assured them of doing more in the coming year to safeguard them while using the roads.