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Lekki toll gate. Image courtesy Lagos traffic

The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has cautioned the President Muhammadu Buhari government not to build toll gates, Concise News reports.

This warning came as a reaction to plans by the Nigerian government to re-introduce toll gates on federal roads across the nation.

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However, in a statement on Tuesday, Concise News understands that the pro-Biafra group threatened to destroy any toll gate built by the Nigerian government in the South East.

According to MASSOB, the policy is a wicked move against the people of the South East as they would have more toll gates than other regions.

“The six states of South-South will have 21 toll gates; South-West with six states will have 22 toll gates; five states of the South-East 56 totaling 99 toll gates from the 17 southern states,” the group said.

“The seven states of North-West will have 12 toll gates; nine toll gates in six states of North-East; while six states of North Central will mount 14 toll gates totaling 35 toll points from 19 northern states.

“MASSOB observes that South-East with only five states have 56 tollgates, which is more than the entire 19 states of the Northern region with 35 tollgates.

“Even the Northern region that claim to have the highest population, yet, it will pay the lowest tollgate.

“Igbo states are higher with 21 tollgates and this is in conformity that Igbo land is under siege and exploitation.”

It added that the “South-East has more Police checkpoints than any other region; has the greatest number of dilapidated federal roads; has the smallest landmass and the shortest distances from one point to the other when compared with other zones, and also has the worst road network in Nigeria.

“Igbo land and Biafra can never be an experimental ground for exhibition of wickedness, malice, hatred, genocides, police extrajudicial killings, military terrorism, political subjections and unprovoked massacre of innocent and armless citizens.

“MASSOB condemn and insists that there will be no toll gates in Biafra land as wickedly proposed by the Nigeria government.

“MASSOB wonders how establishment of these toll gates in Nigeria will ever work.”