Ticket racketeering is not new on Nigeria's Railways.

Usually touts would take over ticketing when there is an influx of passengers.

In recent weeks, the Lagos railway had to implement extra measures, including fencing the terminal to forestall entry of touts into its premises.

It appears this ugly trend is rearing its head in the newly commissioned Abuja – Kaduna standard gauge.

In the Rigasa Station, commuters claim that tickets are being hoarded and sold to a few travelers.

But the Manager of station, Hassan Zubairu, has denied the allegations.

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Zubairu’s defence is that tickets are usually exhausted due to high volume of passengers on the route.

According to him, more passengers now prefer to travel by train because of comfort and safety.

“Presently the train coaches only convey 320 passengers per trip and for now the demand for tickets is higher than our carrying capacity.

“We get more than 1000 requests for ticket each day for business and economy class which we cannot meet,” Zubairu said.

He said the increase of passengers with limited coaches to accommodate them has resulted to passengers alleging tickets racketeering, and there is absolutely nothing of that nature.

“We start selling tickets at 2pm and in 20 minutes the tickets are sold out leaving a lot of passengers waiting for the next trip,” Zubairu explained.

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