Governor Accuses Soldiers Of Extortion In Borno
The Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum has accused soldiers manning the Damaturu-Maiduguri highway of high-handedness and extortion.
The Governor on Monday afternoon accused the soldiers of demanding N1,000 from road users while Boko Haram insurgents threatened the residents they were expected to protect.
Reports have it that Governor Zulum was on his way to Jakana, a community recently attacked by the Boko Haram fighters when his convoy ran into a huge traffic hold up which had caused a long queue of vehicles at one of the checkpoints on the road.
The development forced the governor to alight from his vehicle and approach the checkpoint after he had been briefed that the soldiers at the checkpoint were extorting people.
“I’m going to report all of you in this unit… nobody can tolerate this. Boko Haram is attacking people and you are here collecting N1000 per car,” he said.
A soldier at the checkpoint who tried to calm the governor down with a promise to look into the matter was also rebuffed as Zulum retorted saying: “But we saw them.”
See the video of what transpired between the governor and the soldiers below:
Boko Haram: Governor Zulum clearly not happy with the military’s attitude. This is exactly what’s bordering commuters on the highway. pic.twitter.com/i0yd6GgH1a
— Habu Kale Tijjani (@Habuhk4) January 6, 2020