Promise hard times for fuel hawkers

Commissioner of Police
for the Federal Capital
Territory, FCT, CP Wilson
Inalegwu has ordered arrest
of motorcycle operators
found to be operating with
the City centre or other
restricted areas of the
nation’s capital.
CP Inalegwu issued the
fresh directive yesterday
to the Area Commander in
charge of the FCT Metropolis
and all Divisional Police
Officers, DPOs when he met
with them at the Command
headquarters, Garki II.
Nigerian Pilot Saturday
gathered that heads
of departments of the
command also attended the
The Abuja police chief
also reiterated that the
clampdown on fuel
hawkers in jerricans is an
ongoing exercise that will
be sustained until the streets
are free of such hawkers.
According to a statement
issued by the Command’s
spokesman, ASP Anjuguri
Manzah, the CP directed
that Okada riders operating
within city centre must
be arrested and their
motorcycle, impounded.
ASP Manzah stated that
CP Inalegwu reiterated
that the directive on the
re-enforcement of ban
was to check the activities
of hoodlums who hide
under the guise of being
motorcycle operators to
perpetuate crime.
He also warned that those
arrested would be dealt
with in accordance with the
appropriate sections of the
The PPRO said while reemphasising
the risk the
illegal act of fuel hawking
could pose to lives and
property, the CP promised
a hard time for violators of
the ban on the sale of Petrol
in jerry can.
He said, “Members of
the public should note that
apart from the attendant risk
associated with hoarding
and hawking petroleum
products in jerricans, it
is an illegal act that is
contrary to section 17 of the
miscellaneous offences Act
Cap M17 LFN 2004.