NNPC Task Force arrests four more black marketers

Black market sellers in Maiduguri (Photo taken by Abdulkareem Haruna, 12/24/2017)

Four illegal petrol hawkers were arrested by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Special Task Force on Filling Stations Monitoring on Thursday.

This was disclosed in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES on Friday, signed by the corporation’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Ndu Ughamadu.

According to the statement, the arrests are in a bid to eradicate fuel diversion and to bring normalcy back to the fuel supply and distribution chain.

The statement identified the illegal hawkers as Mohammed Mubarak, Idris Idris, Abu Yakubu, and Bashir Usman.

“They have been handed over to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC for prosecution.

“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 22 March, 2018,” the spokesperson said.


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  • Du Covenant

    Why are we afraid of banning the sell of petroleum products in this very familiar yellow plastic jerrycans?. We know were such people end up selling their products. We treat criminals with kid gloves and we wonder why they feel emboldened by the day and hold the entire country to ransome. How does anyone explain why people with jerrycans have the right to create their own lines at filling stations to buy fuel?. Please, can somone help me understand this twisted logic?.

    • Ekpang Bisong

      If your government was leaving up to its responsibility we won’t have this problem. Going after small fish is not the solution. Over 90% of stations in the country sell above the
      approved price. Try going after them and stop collecting bribes