Police in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT-Abuja have threatened to arrest and prosecute people hawking fuel in jerricans within and around the territory.
The police warned that the dangers posed by the hawking of petrol on the streets outweigh its supposed benefits, as it could lead to loss of lives and properties.
FCT Commissioner of Police, CP Wilson Inalegwu, gave the warning in a press statement issued yesterday by the FCT Police Command Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Anjuguri Manzah.
The statement said the police once again reminded FCT residents that the ban on hawking of petroleum products in Abuja and its environs is still in full force. The Commissioner of Police has therefore ordered the re-enforcement of the ban.
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 wrath 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.
Meanwhile, following the sudden upsurge in the operation of motorcyclists, popularly known as Okada, within the city centre and other restricted areas of the Nation’s capital, CP Inalegwu has reminded FCT residents and all okada riders that the ban on their activities is still in full force.
He therefore warned those in the habit of operating in the city centre instead of restricting their activities to the designated points approved for their operations to desist from the act forthwith or face the full weight of the law.
The re-enforcement of the ban on okada operation at undesignated areas of the nation’s capital is with immediate effect.


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