Nigerian lawmakers lament ‘numerous’ checkpoints on federal highways

Some senators on Thursday complained about the numerous highways on federal roads in Nigeria.

This, they said, has not only caused hardship for commuters on the roads but serves as a means of extortion by the security personnel.

This deliberation was borne from a point of order by Enugu senator, Chukwuka Utazi.

Leading the debate, Mr Utazi said the entire security strength of the country has been stretched and as a consequence, insurgency, religious extremism, cattle rustling, kidnapping and armed robbery have put untold pressure on the national security architecture.

He noted that as a result of growing insecurity, there was a need to input road checkpoints on almost all federal highways in all the geo-political zones of Nigeria with predictable and unpredictable consequences.


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