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Kwara NSCDC Goes Tough To Checkmate Erring Petroleum Black Marketers

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The Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, in Kwara State Makinde Iskil Ayinla has reiterated the corps readiness to deal with filling stations who have refused to sell their products thereby worsening the current situation regarding the scarcity of fuel in the State.

The Commandant stated this on Wednesday while briefing the newsmen on the activities and assessment of the corps in the last few days of the current scarcity of the premium motor spirit ( pms) and efforts of the corps to checkmate the sharp practices of the erring filing stations who are still selling above the recommended pump price or hoarding the products thereby causing artificial scarcity.

” In line with the directive of the Commandant General of the NSCDC Ahmed Abubakar Audi that we must make sure that the petroleum products must be made available to the people at recommended pump price.

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“Corps would checkmate the activities of the pipeline vandals, petroleum black marketers, those engaging in fuel adulteration and diversion among others, that is why we have been going around the 16 local governments in the State since last weekend in order to check activities of the erring filing stations.

“We are going to drawn against buying the products inside kegs to resell it at exhorbitant prices to the hapless needy general public,” the state commandant explained.

The spokesman of the NSCDC in the State, Babawale Zaid Afolabi, disclosed that the NSCDC task force led by the head of the Anti Vandal Unit of the State command, ACC Ayinde Yusuf discovered that some filling stations had the products and refuse to sell to the public while some were selling the product as high prices against the recommended 165 naira per litre.

“Those that have the products but choose to hoard it were ordered to start selling it at normal price and the team make sure they emptied their tank before they leave the station.

“Some were caught selling above the normal price and were to revert to the recommended 165 naira”, Babawale confirmed.

He narrated further that owners and managers of the erring filing stations were made to sign undertakings that they would not engage in any sharp practices forthwith while some black marketers were arrested and the products concealed inside kegs were confiscated.

The NSCDC’s task force have visited more than 50 filling stations across Ilorin metropolis also took an on- the-spot assessment to some filling stations in Offa, Alapa, Bode Saadu, Omu-Aran among others.

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