Concerns are mounting among motorists across the country over rising cases of extortion and harassment by operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) at various checkpoints on highways in the pretext of examining the vehicle duty payment papers of motorists.
A cross section of the affected motorists spoke to Daily Trust about their ordeals in the hands of these Customs operatives across some major highways described as the more notorious spots for the illegal activities.
Some of the persons spoken to for this story recounted how they were forced to part with between N10,000 to as high as N150,000 to Customs operatives patrolling the highways, without any receipt or payment evidence.
One of the places notorious for such operations include the ever-busy Naval Base area of the Abuja-Lokoja Highway in Kogi State, around the Ibilor area in Edo State and along the Okene-Edo-Ekiti route, which connects the north to the south.
The Jos-Abuja highway, specifically around the Riyom-Kuru and forest axis is also another black spot identified by motorists.