An early morning clash between officials of the Kano State Road Traffic Agency ( KAROTA) and members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) caused huge panic in the Kano metropolis on Wednesday. The clash, which took place on Zaria Road, featured sporadic gunshots.

Policemen attached to KAROTA shot into the air for about 20 minutes, with passers-by fleeing at the sound of gunshots and sign of billowing gunsmoke.

SaharaReporters gathered that the clash was a result of KAROTA officials' attempt to stop NURTW members from loading their vehicles with passengers at the Zaria Road Roundabout.

In protest, NURTW members made bonfires and started yelling at KAROTA officials, who were accompanied to Zaria Road by policemen.

Kano State Police Command spokesman, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Magaji Musa Majia, said he had not received the full report of the incident as at the time of filing this report.  Smoke in Kano city center

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