NRC: Police, Army officers must pay transport fares. No space for “staff” in our trains

NRC: Police, Army officers must pay transport fares. No space for "staff" in our trains
The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has bemoaned the non-compliance of uniformed men in paying fares in public transport. In Nigeria’s public transport system, Army, Navy, Police and members of other security agencies usually don’t pay for transport fares because they are regarded as “staff”. This practice is common in Lagos commercial buses popularly known as “molue” and “danfo”.

The NRC, in a statement signed by its Lagos district manager Jerry Oche, warned:

“It has come to the notice of the management that many passengers, including uniformed men usually board the train without ticket. The management wishes to say that boarding the train without ticket has no exception and is a serious offence for defaulters regardless of status.

“The management is not under any obligation or agreement with the uniformed men or organisations not to pay for their ride.

“If one is caught without a ticket, he pays double the fare inside the train. But if the passenger refuses and is taken to the police station, he pays N25,000 fine and because the police can’t keep him beyond 24 hours, he will be taken to court.

“It is a grievous offence for anyone to board the train without paying. There is no law in the country which stipulates that anyone should board the train without ticket either in uniform or not.

“I have also noticed it on few occasions that I was in the train that uniformed men don’t buy tickets and I forced them to pay and they paid.”