As the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) extended deadline for swap of old naira notes with the new ones, gunwileding terrorists suspected to be members of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) have distributed N100,000 each to commuters plying a Borno State highway along Lake Chad Basin.
Accordin to Daily Trust, the incident occurred after Mairari village, along the Maiduguri/Monguno highway on Saturday in Guzamala LGA of Borno State. A source told the medium that the ISWAP members were dressed in military camouflage and drove two gun trucks.
Bakura Ibrahim, a resident said the insurgents positioned themselves under a tree and stood by the roadside with bags of old naira notes.
“We left Monguno at about 12 noon,” he said. “As we approached Mairari, there were no existing checkpoints in the area; we were apprehensive. “They stopped us and asked if we were going to Maiduguri, then they started giving each person 100,000 old naira notes, but we could not believe it. They gave each occupant of the Golf Volkswagen.”
The terrorists, however, advised the beneficiaries to take the money to the bank and prayed that God bless it.
“If you think you can go to their banks and change it to new naira, go and do so; may Allah make it beneficial to you,” another source had quoted the terrorists.