By Etuka Sunday
Men of the Niger State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have arrested eight trucks laden with a total of 469,000 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) and their drivers in Mokwa, Niger State, on their way to Babana, a border town between Nigeria and Republic of Benin.
According to the Niger State Commandant of NSCDC, Mr. Yakubu Ayuba, who briefed the press in Minna , six of the trucks belong to one marketer.
He also disclosed that two of the trucks contained 66,000 litres, twice the quantity contained in a normal truck.
Also speaking at the briefing, Comptroller of Operations, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Engr. Abdillahi Isa, said only one truck out of the eight had a genuine waybill to a recognized station in Babana.
He said the owners of the other trucks would have to explain their mission and destinations, stressing that if it was established that they were involved in products diversion, they would pay a fine of N200 per litre to the government.
This arrest confirms NNPC’s position that products hoarding and diversion were responsible for the fuel supply shortages witnessed recently in some parts of the country.
NNPC spokesman, Ndu Ughamadu in a statement said, the drivers of the trucks who are currently in custody at the Minna Command of the NSCDC will be soon be charged to court for prosecution.