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In Kaduna El-rufai bans selling of petrol in Jerry cans, orders arrest of fuel hawkers

According to the statement, the ban was part of the decisions taken during Tuesday’s state Security Council meeting.

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Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has banned hawking of petroleum products in the state and ordered security agents to arrest defaulters.

As contained in a statement released on Tuesday, April 5, by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Mr Samuel Aruwan, all filling stations in the state are no longer allowed to dispense petrol in Jerry cans.

According to the statement, the ban was part of the decisions taken during Tuesday’s state Security Council meeting.

It said that security agencies have been directed to enforce the ban in accordance with the Kaduna State Petroleum Products (Anti-Hoarding and Adulteration) Law of 1992.

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“This law empowers the task force to ensure that petroleum product were sold in a safe manner, with stiff penalty on violators.

“Council based its decision on legal and security considerations, compounded by the environmental hazard petroleum products in Jerry cans can cause,” the statement said.

“The Security Council unanimously agreed to ban the sale and urged motorists to remain calm as government was taking measures to address the current scarcity.

“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.

“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 those found violating the ban, and the outright confiscation of any petroleum product found in their possession,“ it added.

The meeting was  chaired by Governor El-rufai, and had in attendance the state Deputy Governor, Mr Barnabas Bala, representatives of the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Air Force and the Nigerian Navy.

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