Babagana Blast Soldiers for Collecting Bribe from Travellers on Highway today.
Nigerian Military men and Police personnel have been blasted today by Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, who furiously reacted upon reaching the Maiduguri entrance checkpoint, located near the Borno State University, meeting hundreds of vehicles queued up on both sides of the lanes.
The security men who are supposed to be the public watchdog were reportedly demanding that travellers on the highway pay a sum of N1000 for not having National Identity Card before they will allow them to pass on the road.
Governor Zulum made the furious accusation after he visited the Maiduguri-Damaturu highway on Monday, where he met thousands of travellers stranded because security officials manning the highway locked it down.
9jatoday understands that the highway is relatively the safest access in and out of Maiduguri, despite recent Boko Haram attacks in the community.
However, an officer of the Nigerian Military on present at the location tried to offer some explanation to the governor, but he refutes the soldier, saying that it is not right for them to do so.
He 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.”
“This is unacceptable, 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 travellers who don’t have a national ID card.” he retorted in a loud voice.
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