The Kwara Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has threatened to seal any filing station found hoarding or selling fuel above the recommended pump price.
In a statement by the command signed by its spokesperson Mr Babawale Afolabi, it warned, “They should not create artificial scarcity, through hoarding of the products”.
It quoted the State Commandant, Mr Makinde Ayinla, as giving the warning while inspecting some petrol stations in Ilorin.
“The Command will not hesitate to seal any erring filing station and prosecute the owners,” he said.
The commandant, represented by Mr Yusuf Ayinde, Head of Anti-Vandal Unit, read the riot act to the stations that reportedly refused to sell fuel.
“Based on intelligence , some filling stations had been accused of selling petrol for as much as N250, which is above the recommended pump price of N165,” he said.
The statement said that some fuel stations “were caught in the act and were ordered to revert to the recommended price.”
Some of the stations visited were NNPC in the Surulere Area, Topland and Demo at Amilegbe, Total Comfort and Oilfield at Ita-Amo.
The statement said the exercise would continue on Monday with the inspection of more filling stations.