Borno state Governor, Babagana Zulum, has accused soldiers of collecting bribes ranging from N500 to N1000, thus causing serious hardship.
Zulum said this when he drove into a traffic gridlock long the Damaturu-Maiduguri highway, the governor who was furious at the soldiers, accused them of collecting bribe from commuters who do not have national identity cards. The soldiers had apparently set up a checkpoint along the road to examine the identity cards of those leaving and coming out of the state.
According to the governor, the soldiers seize the opportunity to extort money from those who do not have ID cards.
Speaking to the soldiers he met there, the governor said;
“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 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.”
The governor afterwards ordered the security personnel to remove their checkpoints to allow all travellers to move.