Security Operatives Extorting Travellers On Maiduguri-Damaturu Highway – Gov Zulum

Security Operatives Extorting Travellers On Maiduguri-Damaturu Highway – Gov Zulum
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BY HASSAN JIRGI MAIDUGURI

Borno state Governor Professor Babagana Umaru Zulum, has accused security operatives along Damaturu-Maiduguri highway of collecting bribes of N1000 from travellers who do not have national identity cards.

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The Professor who disclosed this when he visited the Maiduguri-Damaturu highway where thousands of travellers were stranded because security officials shutdown the highway for fear of possible attack by suspected Boko Haram members.

He lamented that the Damaturu to Maiduguri highway is relatively the safest access in and out of Borno state due the to repeated Boko Haram attacks.
Zulum said: “Let me tell you that, as from today i can see what we can do to protect our people from any attack by the suspected Boko Haram fighters, we are all human being, how can you subject people to this kind of torture all in the name of National ID card.
“Collecting N1000 from poor travellers who don’t have national ID card is bad,” said the governor.

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He said 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.”

Prof Zulum urged the security operatives along Damaturu to Maiduguri highway including military, Policemen, Civil Defence, Customs as well as Civilian JTF to maintain their intergrity, respect their uniform to protect lives and property of the people, not to harassing travellers.

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