Early hours of Friday, the Kwara Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence, NSCDC has distributed free Petrol to Commercial motorcycle riders and commercial transporters at the Command Headquarters, ilorin.
Addressing Journalists, the commandant Fasiu Ayinla Adeyinka said that his command seized 2100 litres of petrol from unscrupulous black marketers along Zango road, Ilorin on the 23rd December 2017 during a raid on some dark spots of such illegal business.
Adeyinka explained that after the seizure, his command approached the court and obtained permission to give out the fuel to Nigerians free of charge and this had been demonstrated under the supervision of members of the press.
“We are empowered and saddled with the duty of supervising pipelines and issues relating to petroleum and what you see us do today is the free distribution of petrol that was seized from those selling petrol illegally. We had gone round, warned them and those who did not stop the illegal business were rounded up and we took 2100 litres from them. I want to use this medium to warn all those who engage in selling fuel above pump prize of N145.00 to desist from doing so because aside causing hardship for fellow Nigerians, the storage of fuel in unauthorized places can result in avoidable fire outbreaks that can result in loss of lives and properties.”
The Civil Defence boss further reiterated that the perpetrators of the illegal act were not arrested as they were given the option of either being prosecuted for their act or forfeit the product to members of the public.
Speaking to some cyclists who benefitted from the largesse, Danladi Umar said : I was just lucky to see one of my brother, Okada Rider coming from inside the Civil Defence office and he whispered to me and I also got mine free. I am grateful to God and to the Civil defence.”
Petrol scarcity has been biting hard on Kwarans despite news of its abatement from neighbouring states.
Motorists said that they had to go as far as neighbouring Osun and Kogi States to get fuel with which to do the normal day to day running.
With the involvement of the Civil Defence in the monitoring programme it is expected that all those hording the petroleum product will desist or be made to face the music if apprehended by the authorities.
Earlier in the month, Kwara State Govrnment being worried by the impact of fuel scarcity on people of Kwara State, the Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed had approved the constitution of a task force on the control and sale of premium motor spirit (PMS) in the State.
Accrding to the release in respect of task force formation, was mandated to detect all petrol stations, marketers and their agents who have become a cog in the free flow of petrol and bring them to book, and ensure that all products being hoarded are dispensed to the public with immediate effect.
The taskforce was also mandated to liaise with the NNPC Depot at Oke-Oyi for joint patrol towards breaking the syndicate involved in petroleum products hoarding and bring the culprits to book.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Security; Alhaji Amusa Bello, Special Adviser, Emergency; Alhaji Musa Abdullahi, Senior Special Assistant, Security Intelligence, Alhaji Abdulsalami Bolakale and Chairman of the State’s Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Alhaji Okanlawon Olanrewaju are members of the task force.
Other members are State Chairmen of Petroleum Tankers Drivers and representatives of the State Commissioner of Police, Director of State Security Service and Representative of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC)
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