By Edith Ike-Eboh
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), says it has stepped up the arrest and prosecution of erring marketers and fuel hawkers across the country.
In a statement by its Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the NNPC, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, in Abuja on Wednesday, it said this was part of efforts to sanitise the fuel supply and distribution system to eliminate the queues.
Ughamadu said the NNPC Special Task Force on Filling Stations Monitoring had made series of arrests including two filling station managers who diverted 66,000 litres of petrol and six illegal hawkers of petrol in Abuja.
He said 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.
He said, “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 on Tuesday are expected to be charged on Wednesday, Feb.7