Even with police order in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, to arrest and prosecute people hawking fuel in jerri-cans within and around the territory, Nigerian Pilot has observed that fuel hawkers have flouted the order.
Instead, the hawkers have mobilised themselves and contributed money to bribe enforcement team.
The police had warned last weekend that the dangers posed by the hawking of petrol on the streets outweighed its supposed benefits, as it could lead to loss of lives and property.
FCT Commissioner of Police, Wilson Inalegwu gave the warning in a press statement issued by the FCT Police Command Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Anjuguri Manzah, aimed at reminding FCT residents that the ban on hawking of petroleum products in Abuja and its environs is still in full force.
Part of the statement read thus: “The re-enforcement is to put an end to the activities of these miscreants who hide under the guise of hawking petrol to perpetrate crime.
“The Commissioner of Police warns those involved in this illegal act to desist from it forthwith or face the full weight of the law.”
The police chief empathised with motorists on the current challenge, as he enjoined them to cooperate with the management of the respective filling stations in the FCT by being orderly and law abiding while waiting for the product.
But Nigerian Pilot can authoritatively report that a lot of fuel hawkers were seen yesterday in front of the Total Filling Station, opposition NNPC headquarters, Abuja, the heart of the town, where it is expected that the ban should be enforced.
Along Nyanya, Karu, Jikwoyi, Kurudu axis of the FCT, it was rather observed that instead of the police to enforce the ban, some of the patrol officers were collecting bribes from the hawkers in order to turn their face the other way while the black marketers hawk the product.
Particularly in Kurudu around the Army Post Housing Estate, our correspondent interacted with some fuel hawkers who were boldly displaying the product around Total Filling Station.
A female hawker (name withheld) said hawking fuel was profitable for her, stating that “what we have done is we have mobilized ourselves so anytime the police come, we either give them some money or we contribute 1litre of fuel each for their patrol van. So as you can see nobody is disturbing us. We are making our business without any harassment.”

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