El-Rufai bans ‘black market’ sale of petroleum products

El-Rufai bans ‘black market’ sale of petroleum products
April 06 06:15 2016

Governor Nasir el Rufai has banned the sale of petroleum products in jerry cans throughout the 23 Local Government Areas of the State.

This decision was taken by the Kaduna State Security Council chaired by the governor.

A statement by Samuel Aruwan, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity said the council based its decision on legal and security considerations and environmental hazard petroleum products in jerry cans can cause.

Noting the difficulties imposed by the current fuel scarcity, the council appealed to citizens to remain patient.

It assured the public that the state government is working with the NNPC and other agencies to reduce the hardship associated with the shortages of petroleum products. “Council also observed that the unsafe handling of petroleum
products during periods like this has been associated with fires, destruction and fatal consequences for innocent
victims. “The council further warned those engaged in sabotage and illegal sale of petroleum products in the state to desist with immediate effect.

“The Security Council also directed the arrest and prosecution of any one found violating the ban, and the outright confiscation of any petroleum products found in their possession,” the statement read in part.

Government then urged residents of the state to help uphold and enforce the Kaduna State Petroleum Products (Anti-Hoarding and Adulteration) Law of 1992.

The law empowers a task force to ensure that petrol is sold in a safe manner, and imposes a financial penalty on violators.

The meeting had in attendance the deputy governor, Barnabas Bala, representatives of the Army, Air Force, Navy, Police, SSS, Civil Defence, Customs, Immigration, NDLEA and FRSC.

Also in attendance were the chairman of Kaduna State Council of Emirs and Chiefs, Emir of Zazzau, Shehu Idris; Ameer of Birnin Gwari, Zubairu Maigwari II and Paul Zakka Wyom and Kpop Gwong.