NNPC Task Force intensifies crackdown on petrol hawkers in Abuja

– The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has stepped up the arrest and prosecution of fuel hawkers

– The raid is being carried out by the NNPC Special Task Force on Filling Stations Monitoring

– The purpose of the action is to eradicate fuel diversion of any kind and bring normalcy back to the fuel supply and distribution chain

In a bid to eradicate fuel diversion of any kind to bring normalcy back to the fuel supply and distribution chain, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has sustained its crackdown on fuel hawkers.

In its latest raid on Thursday, February 8, the NNPC Special Task Force on Filling Stations Monitoring apprehended four illegal fuel hawkers with jerry-cans of petrol.

They are: Mohammed Mubarak, Idris Idris, Abu Yakubu, and Bashir Usman.

Illegal petrol hawkers contribute to fuel queues and petrol distributions. Photo credit: The Nation

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NAIJ.com gathered that they have since been handed over to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps for prosecution.

Meanwhile, the three other fuel hawkers – Salihu Ibrahim, Ayuba Alilu, and Magaji Umar – that were arrested earlier in the week were charged to the Magistrate Court, Wuse 2, Abuja, yesterday.

Of the three, only one, Magaji Umar, pleaded guilty and was fined N5,000 by the Magistrate, which he promptly paid and was released.

The other two, Salihu Ibrahim and Ayuba Alilu, pleaded not guilty and were ordered to be remanded at the Keffi Prison. The case was adjourned till Thursday, March 22.

The NNPC recently assured motorists and other petroleum products consumers in Abuja and its environs not to engage in panic buying.

According to a statement sent to NAIJ.com by the corporation’s spokesman, Ndu Ughamadu, the NNPC and other relevant government agencies are in consultation with the leadership of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD).

NAIJ.com gathered that the NNPC’s action has led to the union’s reconsideration of its threat to stop dispatches at some depot on Wednesday, January 31.

The members of the PTD had threatened to prevent loading from the depot over portions of Mokwa-Jebba road which they had considered were in bad state.

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Source: Naija.ng