Road Users Lament as Police Disrupt Traffic in Kano Metropolis for IGP’s Visit
Unusual gridlocks griped Kano metropolis on Monday as policemen indiscriminately blocked access to some vital roads, making users look for alternatives that are not readily available.
Major roads like Murtala Mohammed Way, Race Course Road and Ahmadu Bello Way became log-jammed as motorists were turned back from Lodge Road and State Road.
Access roads like Dawaki Road and Gidado Road were overwhelmed by stalemates due to overcrowding.
All these inconveniences were brought upon the people because the Inspector-General of Police was coming to town for a passing out ceremony to take place at the Police Academy in Wudil onTuesday.
Road users who spoke with Nigerian Sketch expressed displeasure over what some of them called “brutish show of power.”
Salim Hadi, who said he incurred unexpected expenses when his car’s shaft came off as he was trying to turn back along State Road which was ‘unlawfully’ blocked by policemen, lamented that “I just cannot understand why an IGP cannot just come to Kano quietly, do whatever may have brought him, and go back as quietly as he came. This brutish show of power is very unnecessary and archaic.”
Mohammad Kabir said the IGP is simply “power drunk.”
Aminu Al-Hassan wondered why the IGP was deploying so many personnel to “disrupt roads and disturb users from quiet enjoyment of state facilities. Only the IGP was coming and they were doing all these. What would happen if the president was to come?
Sources within the police told Nigerian Sketch that President Muhammadu Buhari was expected to attend the passing out, but a State House official said he he is unlikely come.
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