Boko Haram: Travellers without ID cards reportedly forced to part with N200

Boko Haram: Travellers without ID cards reportedly forced to part with N200

- Travellers without ID moving in and out of Maiduguri are being forced to pay N200

- This comes days after Nigerian Army launched 'Operation Positive Identification' in northeast

- The practice is however said to have been in place for four to five years

Daily Trust is reporting that travellers in commercial vehicles moving in and out of Maiduguri, Borno state, are being forced to pay N200 per person.

According to the news outlet, the money is over their failure to carry along with them their national identification cards, be it permanent or temporary for clearance at the entrance of the city.

“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,” the news outlet quoted the words of a commercial driver.

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Going further, the driver was quoted to have added that: “Any passenger, who fails to produce the National ID card must pay N200 at this checkpoint whether they are coming in or going out of Maiduguri. And therefore, we have been experiencing delays on our journeys to and from the city.

“Because, the authorities here insist on one type of identification cards which many passengers do not possess, and most of the passengers are not willing to pay that N200 as a fine and so, the authorities would ask the drivers to offload all the luggage belonging to the erring passenger which is very difficult and time consuming,” the driver narrated further.

Meanwhile, had reported that the Nigerian Army commenced a new operation in the northeastern region of Nigeria to tackle the menace of Boko Haram terrorists in the area.

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