Nigeria Railway Corporation Drunk District Manager Orders Police to Assault Passenger at Lagos Terminal

A power-drunk district manager of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, Jerry Oche, on Sunday ordered police officers to assault a passenger at Mobolaji Johnson Railway Station located in Ebute Metta, Lagos.

The passenger, who told SaharaReporters of his experience, said the incident happened in the early hours of Sunday around 7:40 a.m.

The problems started when the passenger, who arrived at the station at exactly 7:30 a.m. and bought a face mask and also bought food to eat while waiting in the terminal to buy a train ticket, lowered his face mask to start eating.

“One of the officials told me I couldn’t take my mask off to eat and I asked why because I was maintaining social distancing, the chair charge in the terminal assured him.

“The Lagos District Manager, the staff there called him Mr Jerry, saw us and asked me to come over and I did. Then he asked me to move out again and I told him to stop bossing me around like a kid.

“I explained to him what was happening to him and he said I had to go out and eat so I asked why because it was not my first time using the station and people were allowed to eat. sitting in the terminal waiting for their trains to arrive. arrival.

“He said there were rules so I said okay and pulled my mask back on so I could go back inside. As I approached the door, he yelled at me to stop,” the passenger said.

Immediately Oche, who was visibly angry that the passenger had questioned why he was not allowing him to eat, ordered the officers to come to the scene and “deal” with him.

“The next thing was he ordered them not to sell me a ticket before calling the police to deal with me. All because I asked why I couldn’t eat at the terminal.

“The police arrived on his order and started assaulting me,” the passenger said.

The passenger went ahead to tell how officers tried to break into his mobile phone when he tried to start recording the attack on him.

“It got really serious, when they noticed I wanted to start recording they moved to smash my phone but I fought them off.

“They only stopped after some people at the scene started telling them it was an open space and people would see them assaulting a passenger,” he added.

The passenger had on his arrival in the morning rejected an attempt at extortion on the part of certain officials of the station.

“They wanted me to pay 1,000 naira for parking at the station, but I refused because I know the government doesn’t charge for it,” he said.

Daniel E. Murphy