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Security checkpoint extortion costs Ivory Coast millions

“Extortion at security checkpoints is costing Ivory Coast millions each year despite government steps to eradicate the practice, a rights group said Wednesday. Four years after Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara’s government said it would stop security forces from demanding money at roadblocks from travelers, including merchants transporting goods and immigrants, it is still costing the economy $340 million CFA ($567 million), Human Rights Watch said in a new report citing World Bank figures.”

Source: News from The Associated Press

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