Gov Zulum suspects security personnel for collecting bribe at checkpoints

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Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state has accused personnel of Nigerian military and police of collecting bribes of N1000 from travelers who do not have national identity cards.

The governor made the accusation yesterday afternoon when he visited the Maiduguri-Damaturu highway where thousands of travelers were stranded because security officials manning the highway locked it down.

The highway is relatively the safest access in and out of Maiduguri, despite suffering repeated Boko Haram attacks recently.

Upon reaching the Maiduguri entrance checkpoint, located near the Borno State University, the governor met hundreds of vehicles queued up on both sides of the lanes. “This is unacceptable,” Mr. Zulum said speaking on top of his voice.

“How can you subject people to this kind of torture all in the name of National ID card? And you are all here collecting N500 and N1000 from poor travelers who don’t have a national ID card.”

When a soldier tried to offer some explanation, the governor said “No this is not right. The federal government has not created an enabling environment for our people to get their national ID cards and you are here collecting N500 and N1000 as a fine for not having what the federal government has not provided for all.”

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