The Kaduna State Security Council on Tuesday unanimously agreed to ban the sale of petroleum products in jerry cans throughout the 23 Local Government Areas of the State.
Gov. El Rufai
A statement released by Samuel Aruwan, the Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to Governor Nasir El-Rufai, has dislosed that the Kaduna State’s Security Council on Tuesday unanimously agreed to ban the sale of petroleum products in jerry cans throughout the 23 Local Government Areas of the State.
He said the council based its decision on legal and security considerations and environmental hazard petroleum products in jerry cans can cause, adding that because the difficulties imposed by the current fuel scarcity, the council appealed to citizens to remain patient.
It assured the public that 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.
“The 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 any one found violating the ban, and the outright confiscation of any petroleum products found in their possession,” Aruwan said.
The State Government then urged residents of the state to help uphold and enforce the Kaduna State Petroleum Products (Anti-Hoarding and Adulteration) Law of 1992. The law empowers a task force to ensure that petrol is sold in a safe manner, and imposes a financial penalty on violators.