The Management of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has beefed up security across its stations in Ogun and Lagos State.
A correspondent who monitored the development reports that the corporation tightened security from Ijoko Station in Ogun to Iddo and Apapa Terminal 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 by the corporation from N150 to N230 for old trains while the new cost N750 with effect from Tuesday.
The violence came a day after the 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 launched an attacked on one of the corporation’s stations, vandalising trains and coaches before burning down the station.
The hoodlums also carted away money, tickets and phones belonging to staff that fled for their lives.
No fewer than 100 persons were on Tuesday arrested by the Nigerian Railway Police Command for the allegedly facilities vandalism.
Speaking on the development, Mr Akin Osinowo, the Lagos District Manager of the corporation described the attack as unfortunate. Osinowo said that the destruction of the station and train was carried out by hoodlums and not the passengers.
“Some hoodlums went to our station at Itoki Station to destroy the station, vandalise the new train, it is unfortunate. They cart away money, phones and our tickets, they were also ready to burn down the train with patrol in their hands,“ he said.
According to the district manager, the Lagos State Police, Ogun State Police, Nigerian Railway Police with the Railway Task Force has brought the situation under control.