So, there has been rumours that fuel diversion to neighbouring countries by petroleum markers has become rampant.

It appears that it is no longer a rumour as the government agency in charge, the Department of Petroleum Resources, Kaduna Zonal Office, has said it has taken adequate measures to tackle fuel diversion to the neighbouring countries including the Republic of Benin, Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

The DPR Zonal Operations Controller, Isa Tafida, stated this at a press conference in Kaduna.

Tafida also said the department had enough fuel to meet an emergency, urging motorists to avoid panic buying in Kaduna metropolis and its environs.

The DPR official noted that the department would not tolerate any marketer out to sabotage its efforts by way of diverting petrol to neighbouring countries.

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He added that any unscrupulous marketer caught diverting petroleum products to neighbouring African countries such as Chad, Niger and Republic of Benin, would be severely sanctioned.

Tafida said: “All the filling stations within the zone have been adequately supplied with petrol, as such motorists should avoid the panic purchase of the product.

“We have enough stock of products in the depots and petrol stations. We have also taken adequate measures to ensure that there is no diversion of petrol products to neighbouring African countries like Chad, Niger and Republic of Benin

“The DPR will not tolerate any act of sabotage that will create artificial scarcity and hardship on motorists.”

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