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Arase orders arrest, prosecution of fuel black marketers


Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase

Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, has ordered all Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police, FCT and State Command Commissioners of Police to arrest anybody found selling petrol and other petroleum products in plastic containers.

Arase gave the order in a statement issued by the Acting Commissioner of Police, ACP Olabisi Kolawole, the Force Public Relations Officer, on Tuesday in Abuja.

It said apart from the hardship this act was causing to fuel buyers, it had also rendered some innocent and law abiding citizens homeless as a result of fire outbreak.

The statement noted that fuel products such as petrol were highly flammable and if not stored and handled properly, could seriously endanger people’s lives, property and the environment.

It warned fuel attendants at filling stations to desist from selling petrol inside jerry cans and plastic containers.

The statement said both the buyers and the sellers of the products would be arrested and prosecuted under the law.

It assured Nigerians of the Police readiness to fulfill its constitutional mandate and appealed for more cordial relationship between the Police and the public.

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  • bigbang

    Good move

    • Gbogboade

      How’s the banning of buying petrol in jars good? No nepa, no fuel. We are at the mercy of some foolish, selfish order by a man who probably enjoys 24 hours of uninterrupted power supply in his government apartment. How thoughtless of him. Hope the president overides the useless order.

      • amador kester

        The sheer stupidity of this heartless directive is alarming and desperately selfserving. Without these roadside dealers life would have been unbearable especially when fuel stations refuse to sell in anticipation of up mobile prices. Also what happens to stranded motorists and means of livelihood. Why not educate roadside dealers on fire safety measures? Having failed to tame big fish fuel cabals they now take it out on the poor masses as usual? The same way they arrest innocent or small time culprits and make a big noise over it whenever they deliberately fail to arrest powerful criminals

  • daniez

    Another african or naija wonder talk. mr ig haven’t you heard about the fulani rampage and senceless killing of innocent people in enugu state yesterday?wht have you done to arrest them. for me nigeria is in a very big sorry siutuation. our security agents are far from doing what they were meant for.

  • Mazi JO

    It is about time. These people are tugging away at the change momentum. If they do not understand that, they must be told.