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    Wednesday, 10 April 2019

    EFCC Arrests Eight Train Ticket Racketeers

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    THE  Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has  arrested eight suspected train ticket racketeers in Abuja and Kaduna.

    The agency said Clement Zakka, Udim Samson, Adams Danladi, Otitomoni Omobolanle and Hassan Dauda were nabbed at the Kubwa train terminal in  Abuja on Saturday while three others, including a Nigeria Railway Corporation worker,  were apprehended at the Rigasa station in Kaduna on Sunday.



    They were said to have sold the tickets for between N2,500 and N15,000.

    Acting spokesman for the EFCC, Tony Orilade, said in a statement on Monday said that the suspects sold the N1,300 economy ticket for  N2,000 and N5,000  while   they  sold  the first-class ticket  for  N7,000 and  N15,000 instead of   N2,500.

    Orilade said, The commission  acted  after receiving an intelligence report alleging that some people  at the Idu and Kubwa train stations had  been making it difficult for passengers to have access to tickets and further sabotaging government’s  efforts in ensuring easy transport across the country.

    “The suspects were arrested during a sting operation at the stations. They will soon be charged to court.”


    The anti-graft agency said its investigations revealed that some members of staff of the stations connived with hoodlums  to defraud unsuspecting travellers.

    It explained that the Station Manager, Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Parcel Booking Officer of the Kaduna Railway Station had also been invited for questioning.

    Our correspondent on Sunday reported the ticketing racketeering at the Kubwa train station and complaints by passengers about the  ticketing  system designed to exploit customers. (PunchNg)



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