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.