The Lagos State Government has arrested 33 people for hanging on moving trains.
The 33 people hanging on the train were arrested on Friday in Ikeja and Agege areas by a combined team of policemen attached to the state Taskforce on Environmental Offences (Enforcement) Unit and the Nigeria Railway Police Command.
The raid was the government’s response to public outcry on the habit of many Lagosians, who like hanging on trains on a daily basis across the metropolis.
It was learnt that the Nigeria Railway Corporation had sought the assistance of the state to curb the trend.
Taskforce Chairman, Bayo Sulaiman, said the state government had declared zero tolerance for hanging on trains.
He said, “The taskforce will continue to monitor train movements in the state. Anyone apprehended hanging on trains will be arrested.
“Hanging on trains constitutes environmental nuisance, which must not be allowed to go on unchallenged in a mega-city like Lagos.
“The taskforce will continue its raid on train hikers until further notice.”
The government also arrested 21 hoodlums and 10 illegal lottery operators in the state. Sulaiman said some of the hikers were smoking and drinking alcohol, adding that the 21 hoodlums were raided at Oshodi.