Fuel Scarcity: NNPC Task Force arrests 2 managers, six hawkers


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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Special Task Force on Filling Stations Monitoring, on Wednesday, says it has made a series of arrests, including two filling station managers who diverted 66,000 litres of petrol and six illegal hawkers of petrol in Abuja.

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.

They have been handed over to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps for prosecution, a statement from the corporation’s General Manager Public Affairs, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, said.

In addition to prosecution, the filling stations would pay a N250 fine for each litre of petrol diverted, calculated to be N16,500,000 for the 66,000 litres diverted.

The Task Force has also arrested six persons in the Central Business District, Abuja, for hawking petrol in jerry-cans.

According to the statement, 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 but which would make the trio of economic saboteur already sentenced convicts for as long as they remain unpardoned.

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