As fuel scarcity bites harder in some major cities across the country, the Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase has ordered immediate arrest and prosecution of fuel hawkers using jerry-cans and plastic containers to cushion the effect of the non-availability of the product nationwide.
Consequently, the IGP has directed all zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police, AIGs, state commands and the FCT Commissioners of Police to arrest anybody found selling petrol and other petroleum products in plastic container.
The IGP’s order was contained in a statement issued in Abuja yesterday by the Force PRO, ACP Olabisi Kolawole.
The statement said the police chief was concerned by the untold suffering as well as hazard emanating from the activities of black marketers, especially those who sell petroleum products inside plastic containers/jerry-cans.
The force spokesperson said the IGP, who issued the directives in Abuja, said apart from the hardship this act was causing to fuel buyers, it had also rendered some innocent and law abiding citizens homeless due to fire outbreak from jerry-can petrol storage, noting that fuel products such as petrol were highly flammable and if not stored and handled properly, could seriously endanger people, property and the environment.
The statement said further that, “While warning fuel attendants at filling stations to desist from selling petrol inside jerry-can/plastic container, the Inspector-General of Police said both the buyers and the sellers of the products will be arrested and prosecuted under the law.
“The IGP, while assuring Nigerians of the Police readiness to fulfil its constitutional mandate, appealed for a more cordial relationship between the Police and the public.

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