The Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Enforcement Unit in collaboration with the Railway Police Command have arrested 33 people for hanging and sitting atop moving trains operated by the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC).
The 33 passengers aged between 18 and 52 years were arrested at the Ikeja and Agege Railway Stations.
Speaking on the arrest, Chairman of the Task Force, Bayo Sulaiman said it was alarming and worrisome to see people sit atop moving trains.
He said following investigations by his men, it was revealed that most people involved were touts and miscreants.
He said the state government would not fold its arms and allow this act to continue.
Also speaking, the District Manager, Lagos District of the NRC, Mr. Paul Ndibe decried the act, saying riding atop a fast moving train was suicidal.
“We have warned passengers to desist from such act. We told them know the implication, advised that whenever there is no space for them to sit inside the train, they should not go with the train. Times without number, we have sent our workers to sensitize them about the dangers associated with hanging on the door-mouth or sitting on top of a fast moving train, but they have refused to take to our advice, hence the arrest,” he said.
He said the arrest of the 33 passengers is not aimed to witch hunt anyone, but aimed at putting a stop to the act.