The Federal Government has ordered security agencies to arrest petroleum marketers who deliberately hoard products to create the artificial scarcity currently being experienced.
This is just as oil marketers have been cautioned to desist from hoarding the product or risk being arrested by industry regulators who have been detailed for enforcement.
These disclosures were made by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in a statement issued on Monday in Abuja.
According to its spokesman, Ndu Ughamadu, who signed the statement, the warning followed the uncovering of 144 oil tankers filled with petroleum products in Kano.
“NNPC warns marketers not to hoard products as law enforcement agencies, working with industry regulators, have been detailed to take appropriate measures against any defaulter.
“The Corporation further assures that there are enough petroleum products to keep the nation wet,” Ughamadu said.
He urged motorists and other consumers of petroleum products to resist the temptation to go into panic buying.
According to him, government has intervened in the industrial action embarked upon by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) over labour disputes with NECONDE Energy Services Ltd.
“NNPC wishes to state that relevant government agencies are in consultation with industrial unions to arrive at an amicable resolution of issues over which there are threats of industrial action,” he said.
He said the Federal Government has waded into the matter, appealing to leaders of PENGASSAN to shelve its strike over the sack of workers by NECONDE Energy Services Ltd.
NAN reports that queues, which eased some days back, have now returned at fuel stations in the Federal Capital Territory.