Boko Haram: Troops extorting N200 from travellers without ID cards

Travellers in commercial vehicles moving in and out of Maiduguri, Borno State, are currently being extorted the sum of N200 per person for failing to provide their national identification cards for clearance to enter the city.

Daily Trust reports that travellers have to pay N200 at some checkpoints situated on the outskirts of the metropolis.

“This practice has been in place for four to five years. A combined team of Immigration Service and the military working at the entrance of this town have been collecting N200 from all passengers who could not produce their national ID cards,” said a Hiace bus driver on arrival at a checkpoint in Maiduguri.

The driver, who parked by the roadside at Jimtilo area, awaiting his passengers to do their clearance with some Immigration personnel, added that it was only “that type of National ID cards” that were
being required for the identification clearance at the checkpoint.

A passenger, Rebecca, who was aboard a Hiace bus along Bama road, heading to Gwoza town, told our correspondent that she has been paying N200 for failing to produce her ID card.

However, the Operation Positive Identification which was inaugurated on Monday by the Theatre Command of the Operation Lafiya Dole did not specify the 'national ID card' as the only means of identification.

“Troops are directed to strictly check legitimate means of identification such as national identification card, voters registration card, drivers’ license, and passport or other valid official identification before allowing such persons passage,” said a
statement on Monday by the Nigerian Army spokesman at the command, Col. Ado Isa.

“Consequently, Operation Positive Identification is seriously ongoing across the North-East. Members of the public are requested to cooperate with the troops by moving along with valid identification cards and present same to the troops in the efforts to rid the North-East zone of criminals fleeing for safety,” the statement added. (Daily Trust )

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