24 Fuel Tankers Meant For Abuja Diverted To
Southeast – NNPC
– Twenty four petrol-laden tankers meant for Abuja have been diverted to the southeast
– The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said some of the diverted products were being sold to motorists and users at high prices within Abuja and its environs
– The NNPC said seven stations in Kubwa and Airport Road area of the capital city were shutdown
The federal government has shutdown seven filling stations in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, for receiving diverted petroleum products
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) said the diverted products were being sold to motorists and users at high prices within Abuja and its environs.
The NNPC also revealed that 24 fuel-laden tankers dispatched for Abuja were diverted to various states in the southeast region.
The corporation said that between Wednesday and Thursday, December 27 and 28, seven stations in Kubwa and Airport Road area of the capital city were shutdown.
The NNPC said petrol which was found in the storage tanks of these filling stations were dispensed free of charge to motorists by members of a team led by the group managing director of NNPC, Maikanti Baru.
Speaking on the issue, the spokesman of the NNPC, Ndu Ughamadu, said: “I want to warn marketers who have refused to heed our advice, especially those operating at night, that the law will catch up with them very soon.
“The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have commenced monitoring of such stations. Just yesterday (Tuesday), we identified some defaulting stations and we are going to impound their products and dispense it free to motorists.”
Ughamadu said defaulting marketers have been identified and would be immediately sanctioned.
We gathered at one of the stations, McManakai Global Services, the team found 39,000 litres of fuel in the station’s storage tank.
The said filling station was also said to be selling fuel to motorists at N240 per litre as against the approved price of N145 per litre.
Infuriated by the actions of the filling station Baru said: “What we are doing is to maximize the daily truck out to Abuja and other cities. Yesterday, we had about 114 trucks that dispatched products to Abuja as against 70 to 80 trucks earlier received daily. As at Monday, we had loaded about 230 trucks for Abuja. When they arrive and with the 24-hour operations in place, we should be able to eliminate most of the queues.”
It was reported that the DPR had accused Daslap Petrol Station, Olomore, of selling fuel above the official pump price.
The head of operations of the agency in Ogun state, Kasali Akinade, said the filling station was compelled to give fuel to 20 motorists and 30 bikes for free.
Also, a former governor of the old Kaduna state, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, had blamed the current petrol crisis on activities of saboteurs in the oil industry.