The Kaduna State Security Council on Tuesday unanimously agreed to ban the sale of petroleum products in jerry cans throughout the 23 Local Government Areas of the State.
A statement by Samuel Aruwan, the Special Assistant to the Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Media and Publicity in Kaduna 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,” Mr. Aruwan said.
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 State Security Council meeting, chaired by Mr. El-Rufai, 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.