Nigeria’s oil company, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, is unrelenting in its efforts to get all fuel marketers comply with distribution rules.

On Wednesday, the corporation said it had intensified efforts to arrest and prosecute stubborn marketers who continue to hoard products and sell above approved pump price.

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A statement by the NNPC Spokesman, Mr Ndu Ughamadu, in Abuja, said the crackdown was part of efforts to eliminate the queues by sanitising the fuel supply and distribution system.

Ughamadu said the NNPC Special Task Force on monitoring of filling stations made some arrests, including managers of two filling stations who diverted 66,000 litres of petrol and six illegal hawkers of petrol in Abuja.

“The two managers are of Azman filling stations, one in Nyanya and the other in Kuje, two suburbs of Abuja.

“They were arrested after close monitoring by the team for diverting trucks of petrol meant for their stations to unknown destinations.

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“They have been handed over to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps for prosecution.

“In addition to being prosecuted, the filling stations would pay a fine of 250-naira for each litre of petrol diverted,’’ Ughamadu said.

He also confirmed that the Task Force had also arrested six persons in the Central Business District of Abuja, for hawking petrol in jerry-cans. 

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