- The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it has arrested ticket racketeers in some train stations
- The EFCC mentions the names of five of the suspects arrested in Abuja
- The anti-graft agency further gives details of their alleged crime and how they were arrested
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday, April 8, announced that five alleged train ticket racketeers in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria were arrested.
It also confirmed that another set of such suspects have been arrested in Kaduna.
In one of the separate statements obtained by Legit.ng, the anti-graft agency gave the names of the five arrested suspects to include Clement Zakka, Udim Sunday Samson, Adams Danladi, Otitomoni Omobolanle and Hassan Dauda.
“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 first statement said.
The statement said the suspects were arrested during a sting operation at the stations and that they would soon be charged to court.
In the related development, the EFCC said its men in Kaduna arrested ticket racketeers at the Rigasa train station in Kaduna on April 7.
“Investigations revealed that some members of staff of the station in connivance with some touts were defrauding unsuspecting travellers and selling train tickets at a higher rate.
“For economy ticket of N1,300 /N1,500 they were selling at a rate of N2,000 to N5,000 and for first class which goes for N2,500 was being sold for between N7,000 to N15,000.
“Three persons, including a staff of the station and two touts have been arrested.
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“Similarly, the station manager, chief marketing officer and chief parcel booking officer of the Kaduna railway station have also been invited for questioning,” the agency said.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, accused banks of conniving with Bureau De Change operators to launder money and commit other illegal activities.
The EFCC boss, who spoke in Port Harcourt, Rivers state on Friday, April 5, during a meeting with compliance officers of banks in the south-south zone, said fraudsters now work in Nigerian banks.
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