ALARM! Military & Police Checkpoints Now Use POS To Extort Money – Igbo Group Cries To Buhari
Dec. 04, 2019
The leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo has petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari over the growing presence of security checkpoints in the south east region.
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The president-general of the Igbo socio-political group said its investigation has shown that there is an unusual increase in the number of checkpoints operated by the Military, paramilitary and Police in all routes leading into and within the region.
In its letter signed by John Nnia-Nwodo, the group said some of these security operatives in the checkpoints now make use of Point of Sales (POS) machines to extort money from travellers who do not have cash or cannot make transfers.
Nwodo alleged that reports also made available to Ohanaeze Ndigbo shows that there are 60 checkpoints between Lagos and Onitsha - a major route for Igbo traders - with Lagos to Ore having 24 checkpoints while Ore to Benin has 23 checkpoints and Benin to Onitsha has 13 checkpoints.
Noting that the checkpoints in Enugu are also uncountable, Nwodo said this gives the interpretation that these checkpoints which are the main concern themselves with extorting money from numerous Igbos passing through them are mere toll gates.
Decrying the nonchalant attitude of the federal government and heads of security agencies, Nwodo added that there is the impression that the establishment of these “toll gates” is deliberate, extortionist and intended to subdue the will of the people.
“In some instances, these security agents attend these “toll gates” with POS ( Point of Sale)machines which they use to force travellers who have no cash but possess debit cards to forcibly transfer cash to their private accounts," Nwodo said.
"As our people prepare to return home for the Christmas, it has become necessary to bring to your attention to this embarrassing misdemeanour," he added.
He urged the president to use his good office to order officers responsible for this embarrassment to dismantle these “toll gates”.
Calling for the use of modern security, digital monitoring and information gathering, he said the routes leading out of Igbo land to other parts of Nigeria, checkpoints of such nature that characterize the routes into Igbo land are nowhere to be seen.
“Your Excellency, measures of this nature and the apparent indifference of the Federal Government continue to make our people feel discriminated against in our national polity.
"It is for this reason that I plead with you to use your good offices to bring to an end this discrimination, intimidation and extortionist practices of our security agents on all routes leading into and within Igbo land," he said.
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