7 petrol attendants, managers arrested for hoarding fuel
By Michael Ofulue, Osogbo
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Osun State Command has arrested seven filling stations attendants, managers and supervisors at different locations in Osogbo, Osun state.
They were nabbed by Anti-Vandalism Unit of the command, while going round the state capital to monitor sales of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).
According to reports, most of the filling stations around Lameco, Stadium, Owode Ilesa Garage, Ilesa Garage round about and Ayepe axis, all in the state capital were alleged to have been hoarding the product .
Investigation revealed that they had fuel in their reservoirs but refused to sell to members of the public. While queues were seen at various filling stations, these unscrupulous marketers insisted on inflicting pains on their customers.
Confirming the arrest, the NSCDC public Relations officer Adeleke Kehinde said the suspects were alleged of refusal to sell fuel
She explained that all the filling stations visited by the operatives had the product but claimed that they were waiting for approval from their headquarters.
NSCDC spokesperson hinted that the State Commandant of NSCDC has reiterated that the Corps would continue to clamp down on any illegal activity that is aimed at frustrating the efforts of the Federal government by making the fuel products unavailable to Nigerians.
“We therefore, called on members of the public to report filling stations that are hellbent on bringing untold hardship to the masses. He noted that fuel hoarding is tantamount to economic sabotage and offenders would be made to face the full wrath of the law.