Fuel Scarcity: Civil Defence Boss Directs Squad to Clampdown on Illegal Dealers

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The Commandant General of the Corps, Dr. Ade Abolurin has ordered the Anti-Vandal Squad of the Corps to clampdown on illegal marketers of petroleum products, product diversion, unnecessary hike in pump prices and black marketers.

The order came as unending fuel scarcity has continued to bite harder on motorists and users of the premium motor spirit (PMS) across the country.

In a statement by the corps’ spokesman, CSC Okeh Emmanuel, the commandant “directed that for the purpose of the benefits and dividends of democracy, all miscreants and those involved in hoarding of the product thereby causing artificial scarcity in order to sell at exorbitant prices should be arrested and prosecuted accordingly.”

According to him, the clampdown will bring about sanity and availability of product at the various stations for legal sales to buyers at ease instead of selling to those that are likely to hoard the product in order to sell at inflated prices to desperate buyers.

In compliance to the directive, the Corps’ Anti-Vandal squad have since commenced raiding of the illegal hide-outs of those involved in hoarding and diversion of the product as well as black marketers.

Abolurin therefore, urged all stakeholders to partner with the Corps in areas where vandalism is prevalent and becoming critical as vandalism in the oil and gas sector is affecting others especially the Power sector.

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