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IGP orders arrest, prosecution of black marketers


The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase has directed all Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIG), FCT and other State Commands Commissioners of Police (CP) to arrest anybody found selling petrol and other petroleum products in plastic container.

The Police High Command explained that the order became imperative following untold suffering and hazard emanating from the activities of black marketers.

The IGP also noted that the act has led to fire outbreaks, thereby rendering many homeless.

This is contained in a statement in Abuja Tuesday by the Force Spokesperson, Olabisi Kolawole.

According to the statement: “…apart from the hardship this act is causing to fuel buyers, it has also rendered some innocent and law abiding citizens homeless due to fire outbreak from jerry-can petrol storage.

Arase while warning fuel attendants at filling stations to desist from selling petrol inside jerry-can and plastic container added that the buyers and the sellers of the products if caught will be arrested and prosecuted under the law.

He also noted that fuel products such as petrol are highly flammable and if not stored and handled properly, can seriously endanger people, property and the environment.

The IGP who assured Nigerians of Police readiness to fulfill its constitutional mandate also solicited  for a cordial relationship between the Force and Nigerians.