As unending fuel scarcity continues to bite harder on motorists and users of the premium motor spirit (PMS), the Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Dr. Ade Abolurin, has directed the Anti-Vandal Squad of the corps to commence a clampdown on illegal marketers of petroleum products, product diversion, unnecessary hike in fuel pump prices and black-marketers across the nation.
This, according to a statement made available by the NSCDC PRO, Okeh Emmanuel in Abuja, is in line with the corps’ mandate in curtailing the activities of illegal dealers of petroleum products.
It noted that the persistent scarcity of the product has given room for the citizens to cast aspersion on the government as if government is not sensitive to the plight of the common man.
“Therefore, the commandant general has directed that for the purpose of the benefits and dividends of democracy, all miscreants and those involved in hoarding of the product thereby causing artificial scarcity in order to sell at exorbitant prices should be arrested and prosecuted accordingly,” the statement said.
It reiterated that the clampdown would bring about sanity and availability of product at the various stations at legal sales to buyers at ease instead of selling to those that are likely to hoard the product in order to sell at inflated prices to desperate buyers.
“In compliance to the directive, the Corps’ Anti-Vandal squad have since commenced raiding of the illegal hide-outs of those involved in hoarding and diversion of the product as well as black marketers,” it stated.
Similarly, it said that the corps’ chief executive has made a passionate appeal to the residents of Arepo and Ikorodu Communities respectively to cooperate and report appropriately activities of vandals within their communities to the corps for necessary action.
According to Abolurin, the only way to overcome the menace of vandalism is when the community members and stakeholders come together to synergise, cooperate and partner by sharing information and intelligence in order to clampdown on vandals and those involved in nefarious activities.
He stressed that if the residents can maintain surveillance of their environments and report back to the corps in order to effect arrest and possible prosecution, it would reduce the act of vandalism within the axis.
He emphasised that the shootout at Arepo axis which led to the death of one resident and some others injured was uncalled for; pointing out that the ugly incident demonstrated early in the year where the corps’ personnel were attacked by vandals, the operational vehicles burnt and three personnel abducted called for the effort of all stakeholders to be vigilant and work assiduously towards wiping out vandals.