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Security beefed up at Lagos, Ogun rail stations

11 June 2014, 20:19

Lagos - The Management of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has beefed up security in its stations in Ogun and Lagos State.

The corporation tightened security from Ijoko Station, Ogun to Iddo and Apapa Terminals in Lagos State.

This followed the attacked on the corporation’s train and coaches at Itoki Station in Ogun on Tuesday by hoodlums.

The attack was in protest against the sharp hike in fares from N150 to N230 for the old trains, while the new service cost N750.

The new fares took effect from June 10.

The violence came a day after Vice-President Namadi Sambo launched two new Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs) and six 68-capacity air conditioned coaches at the Lagos Terminus, Iddo.

Some hoodlums attacked one of the corporation’s stations, vandalising trains and coaches before burning it.

The hoodlums also carted away money, tickets and phones belonging to staff of the corporation that fled from the scene.

A total of 100 persons were on Tuesday arrested by the Nigerian Railway Police Command for the facilities' vandalism.

Speaking on the development, Akin Osinowo, the Lagos District Manager of the corporation, described the attack as unfortunate.

Osinowo said the destruction of the station and train was carried out by hoodlums and not passengers.

"Some hoodlums went to our station at Itoki to destroy it and vandalised a new train. It is unfortunate.

"They carted away money, phones and our tickets, they were also ready to burn down the train with petrol in their hands,'' he said.


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