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Togolese arrested for hanging on moving train

19 July 2013, 12:03

Lagos  - Security guards on Thursday arrested a Togolese and five others for hanging on top of a moving train.

The suspects were arrested on top of a Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) Mass Transit Train going to Lagos from Ogun.

 A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), who was on board the train, reports that the security guards were from the NRC.

The 22-year-old Togolese, who was arrested at the Iju Train Station in Lagos, told NAN that he hung on the train because he saw some Nigerians doing so.

“I did not know it is a crime to hang on the train because I always see passengers hanging on trains unmolested,” he claimed.

One of the guards, who pleaded anonymity, said that the suspects would be handed over to the NRC Police Command in Ebute Meta, Lagos, for further investigations and prosecution.

NAN reports that passengers daily hang on mass transit trains, apparently to evade transport fare.

Sometimes, some of those hanging fell from moving trains and die.

According to the NRC, hanging on a train attracts N25 000 fine or three months imprisonment or both.



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