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Kano State Government Orders Police To Shut Down OPay Office

Austin Papi

The Kano State Government has ordered policemen to close down a branch of OPay in the state. Opay, which is an online payment outlet for commercial tricycle operators across the country, has denied knowing the reason for the closure.

The franchise was closed down during a raid carried out by the Kano State Police Command and was charged for non-compliance with the government rules and directives.

According to an eyewitness, who narrated the story, an armed security personnel stormed the state office at Lodge Road in Kano at about 11am on Thursday. Some police officers followed shortly after, ordering all the workers and scores of commercial tricycle operators, known as Adaidaita Sahu, to immediately vacate the premises, while threatening that anyone who failed to comply with the order risked arrest.

Confirming the incident, the spokesman of the Police Command, DSP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, told the reporters that the command received an order from Kano State Government to close the office.

According to Haruna, the OPay company did not comply with some rules set by the state government in order to operate.