Crimes commission arrest fuel marketers

Acheme Jack, Kano

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission-EFCC has arrested four fuel marketers in Kano State, Northern Nigeria for the diversion of 55,000 litres of Premium Motor Spirit-PMS worth N4.7 million.

The EFCC Public Relations Officer for North-west zone, Mrs. Nana-Fatima Abubakar at a media briefing after the clap down exercise said, “The commission had since got a court order to dispose off the product to members of the public at government approved price.

And in view of the court order, the fuel is being dispensed to the public under the watch of security operatives at the official price of N86.50k per liter at the filling station located at Laraba Abasawa in Gezawa LGA of Kano state.”

Routine surveillance
She stressed that the discovery was made by an operative of the commission who were on routine surveillance of petrol stations in some parts of the state.

Mrs. Abubakar said preliminary investigation into the case revealed that the product was loaded in Lagos on February 25 and destined for Bauchi State north-east Nigeria but was diverted and got to Kano on March 4.

“The product was expected to be discharged at Beha Tech Filling station in Giade local government area of Bauchi State as was indicated in the DPR manifest but was diverted to Kano state.

According to her, the product was reportedly purchased at N140 per litre totalling N7.7 million.

She said already a difference of N2.9 million has been exploited by the marketers excluding Petroleum equalization and bridging funds the government is paying the owners of the product (Total).

She said investigation was still in progress and the suspects would soon be charged to court for appropriate prosecution.