9 April 2019

Nigeria: Minister Orders Deployment of Two More Coaches to Abuja-Kaduna Railway

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has ordered the deployment of additional two coaches to the axis.

The minister said the decision was taken in order to address the growing concerns of passengers over incessant issues of ticket racketeering on the Abuja-Kaduna railway.

The minister, who was reacting to the news of constant ticket racketeering at the Abuja and Rigasa stations, said the coaches will be moved from the Warri - Itakpe axis to the Kaduna-Abuja axis in order to reduce the upsurge caused by high demand for the service. He also revealed that the ministry will be travelling to China to inspect the next coaches that will be brought in which will take care of the high passengers demand.

Meanwhile, operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested five suspected train ticket racketeers. They include, Clement Zakka, Udim Sunday Samson, Adams Danladi, Otitomoni Omobolanle and Hassan Dauda.

EFCC spokesperson, Tony Orilade, confirmed the arrest, noting that the commission swung into action after receiving an intelligence report alleging that some group of people at the Idu and Kubwa train stations have been racketeering train tickets making it difficult for passengers to have access to tickets and further sabotaging government efforts in ensuring easy transportation across the country.

The suspects, who were arrested during a sting operation at the stations, will soon be charged to court.

The operation, which happened in Abuja, also saw the Kaduna zonal office of the EFCC, on Sunday, April 7, 2019 acting on intelligence report, also arrested ticket racketeers at the Rigasa train stations.

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