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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO INVESTIGATE ALLEGED TICKET RACKETEERING BY OPERATORS OF ABUJA-KADUNA RAILWAY STATIONS

The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate alleged ticket racketeering by operators of the Abuja and Kaduna railway stations.

The House resolution followed the unanimous adoption of a motion by Mr. Zayyad Ibrahim, APC – Kaduna.

Mr. Zayyad Ibrahim while moving the motion, reminded his colleagues that the Abuja-Kaduna train services as officially commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari on 26 July 2016, is to provide an alternative to road transportation in the area.

He said that there had been a tremendous increase in passengers at Idu and Kubwa stations in Abuja, as well as at Rigasa in Kaduna, due to increased patronage following security challenges on the Abuja and Kaduna Expressway.

This increased patronage, the lawmaker said has led to ticket racketeering, an ugly practice that led to the arrest of five suspects in 2019 by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Mr. Ibrahim raised the concern that the ticket racketeering, which the e-Ticketing System sought to eradicate, is still going on unabated, as tickets can no longer be adequately assessed online due to the mischievous activities of some people, who buy wholesale tickets and resell to passengers at exorbitant prices.

The House, therefore, urged the management of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, NRC to strengthen their internal mechanisms with a view to eradicating the corrupt practice.

The Speaker, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila thereafter mandated the Committee on Land Transport to investigate the matter and report back within two weeks for further legislative action.

Rosemary Ukoko-Tega,

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