As part of efforts to
sanitize the fuel supply
and distribution system to
eliminate the queues, the
Nigerian National Petroleum
Corporation (NNPC) has
stepped up the arrest
and prosecution of erring
marketers and fuel hawkers
across the country.
The NNPC Special Task
Force on Filling Stations
Monitoring has made a series
of arrests including two
filling station managers who
diverted 66,000 litres of petrol
and six illegal hawkers of
petrol in Abuja.
The two managers of Azman
filling stations in Nyanya
and Kuje, two suburbs of
Abuja, were arrested after
close monitoring by the team
for diverting trucks of petrol
meant for their stations to
unknown destinations.
They have been handed
over to the Nigeria Security
and Civil Defence Corps for
prosecution.
In addition to prosecution,
the filling stations would pay
a N250 fine for each litre of
petrol diverted.
The Task Force has also
arrested six persons in the
Central Business District,
Abuja, for hawking petrol
in jerry-cans. Three of the
arrested persons – Samila
Umar, Atlahim Abdullahi and
Bashir Sani – were charged
and prosecuted at the Area
Court, Gudu, where Justice
Sidi Bello sentenced them to
two-month imprisonment
or a N2,000 fine which they
promptly paid.
The other three who were
arrested yesterday are
expected to be charged today.

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