Kano Roads and Traffic Agency (KAROTA) has been urged to desist from arbitrarily impounding peoples’ automobiles and persecuting owners, as such is “a flagrant abuse of fundamental human rights of citizens… contrary to Sections 36 and 44 of 1999 CFRN (as amended) and Articles 2, 3 and 14 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.”
A Kano-based lawyer, Ibrahim Baba, said the agency has turned itself self into a “meddlesome interloper by carrying out duties beyond its reach”, arguing that the way KAROTA officers are armed with clubs and sticks in the cause of their duty is equally “callous and unconstitutional.”
He lamented that “as if impounding the motorcycles are not enough, they proceed and seize keys, mount the motorcycles and drive them to their headquarters or warehouse.
He said even though there is a court established under KAROTA Law 2012 to try traffic offenders, he was not comfortable that the court was situated within the agency’s premises.
“It amazes me how the traffic court is located inside KAROTA headquarters. This I humbly submit is against the spirits and letters of Section 36 of CFRN 1999 (as amended), the accuser cannot be KAROTA, the prosecutor cannot be KAROTA and the Umpire (Court) cannot be situate inside KAROTA HQ”, he wrote in a missive he sent to Judicial Sketch.