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Hoarding: Kano anti-corruption commission reads riot act to petrol marketers


Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission has threatened to ensure government seizure of petrol hoarded by any filling stations.

The Commission Chairman, Barr. Muhuyi Magaji Rimin-Gado made the threat over the weekend while monitoring filling station selling above the approved pump price of N162 per litre over reversed increased made by PPPRA on Thursday night.

‘’Our findings have indicated that some of the filling stations are hoarding the fuel in tankers kept elsewhere not at the petrol stations, with the motive of selling at a higher price, I can rest assured them that when caught, the government will confiscate the product based on the overriding interest of the public,’’ said Muhuyi Magaji.

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‘’ This is the second phase of our monitoring exercise, we would not allow the masses to be shortchanged because since there is no increase in the price of the product, there is no reason for marketers to do so.’’

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Solacebase reports that during the exercise, the anti-hoarding unit of the commission led by the Chairman inspected over 48 petrol filling stations in the metropolis and outskirt of Kano where many were discovered to having the products but not dispensing to the public.

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Our correspondent reports that ‘’ Some of the filling stations that were not dispensing with all the pumps were compelled to do so in order not to create queues as it was discovered that it was one of the tactics to create artificial scarcity.

Many of the motorists interviewed during the operations commended the anti-corruption commission for embarking on the operations that led to the free flow of fuel to motorists in the state.

A motorist at one of the filling stations at Mariri, Bello Balarabe said the fuel situation is quite better compared to the situation in Abuja where he was coming from on his way to Jigawa.

‘’Honestly, I commend the effort of this commission, Knowing that the petrol marketers would just make life miserable for the people.’’

‘’Another motorist, Adewale Tunji expressed happiness over the exercise noting that on Friday morning, a filling station on BUK road immediately adjusted its pump price to N212 and after the announcement on media that there was no price increase of petrol, the station was closed by the owner, saying there was no fuel again.’’

‘’So with this exercise, I realized that almost all the filling stations are now dispensing.’’

The anti-hoarding operations raided a filling station dispensing at N180 per litre, Barr. Muhuyi Magaji ordered the owner of the filling station to be arrested and will be charged to court to face the full wrought of the law.

He added that the commission is arranging a meeting with stakeholders to ensure that there is always a free flow of fuel without any hinderance in the metropolis in the future.

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