Eleven suspected train ticket racketeers have been arrested at the Idu, Kubwa and Rigasa Train Station in Abuja and Kaduna state by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The EFCC in a series of Facebook post on Monday said the arrest was made possible after it received intelligence reports on the activities of the suspects.
“Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abuja Zonal Office on Saturday, April 6, 2019, arrested five suspected train ticket racketeers.
“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.”
After further investigations by the commission, they discovered that there were some touts in Kaduna connived with some members of staff of the station who were defrauding unsuspecting travellers on Saturday.
“Kaduna Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Sunday, April 7, 2019, acting on intelligence report, arrested ticket racketeers at the Rigasa Train Station.
“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. Three persons, including a staff of the station and two touts, have been arrested.”
The EFCC also revealed that it had invited some senior officials of the Kaduna Railway Station for questioning.