- Some filling stations in Daura, Jibiya border towns are operating freely despite a federal government ban
- Customs boss, Hameed Ali, had on Thursday, November 7, directed that no petroleum products should be supplied to the border towns
- Investigations, however, revealed that some filling stations within the vicinity of the towns were open as motorists buy fuel freely
A report by Daily Nigerian indicates that despite the federal government’s ban on the supply of petroleum products to filling stations within a 20-kilometre radius to the country’s land borders, the product is reportedly being sold in border towns in Katsina state.
Legit.ng gathered that the comptroller general of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Hameed Ali, on Thursday, November 7, directed that no petroleum products should be supplied to any filling station within 20 kilometres to the borders in the country.
According to the report, some filling stations located at the border communities of Daura and Jibiya were having a field day as the products are openly sold in broad daylight without recourse to the ban.
It was also gathered that in Daura, which fell within the banned territories, as it is 13 kilometres away from the border, petroleum product is freely being supplied to filling stations within the town.
The development came at a time when soaring fuel scarcity hit border towns in Ogun, Lagos, Adamawa, Katsina, Jigawa and Sokoto states, as petroleum is reportedly sold at N600 a litre, crippling business activities in the areas.
The report also noted that some filling stations within the vicinity of the town were open as motorists buy fuel freely.
The chairman of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Kano branch, Bashir Dan-Mallam disclosed that the ban was actually effective in these areas, saying “whoever sells products after ban, the fuel is not supplied to him, but an old stock that did not finish even after the FG’s decision.”
Dan-Mallam added that even the independent marketers had stopped supplying the products to the affected areas, even as he disclosed that some of their trucks had many at times been intercepted by the Customs operatives en route to the areas.
“When our trucks got intercepted by the customs operatives once, twice and more, we completely stopped supplying in order to fully comply with the government’s directive,” Dan-Mallam said.
The Katsina state branch of the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, however, said on Thursday, December 26, that it has halted the sales of fuel in 50 fuel stations in the Jibiya border community of the state.
The state field office DPR operation controller, Mohammed Sani, made the disclosure after a monitoring tour at the border communities.
Sani said: “We have been to the border communities in Katsina to monitor compliance with the Federal government’s directive on no fuel sales within twenty kilometres distance from Nigeria borders.”
Sani also noted that he had led other top DPR officials in monitoring fuel sale in Katsina and its surrounding communities.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Nigeria, the Republic of Benin and Niger, established a joint border patrol team comprising the police, customs, immigration of the tripartite countries to recommend a date for the reopening of the borders.
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