15 May 2014, Yenagoa – The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Bayelsa State Command, says owners of filling stations in the state risk arrest and closure of stations if they indulge in sharp practices of selling fuel above the pump price of N97.
State Commandant, Mr. Desmond Agu, gave the warning in Yenagoa on Thursday.
He therefore asked owners of filling stations to revert the price to the official pump price of N97 per litre.
The corps commander also blamed pipeline vandalism and illegal bunkering for fuel scarcity in the state.
There has been scarcity of fuel in the state in recent times.
The situation has compelled many filling stations to sell fuel a litre of fuel for N150.
He warned people involved in pipeline vandalism and illegal bunkering to desist from the acts or be made to face the full wrath of the law.
Agu said some people involved in the economic sabotage in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state had abandoned their criminality.
“They are currently working with officers and men of NSCDC to ensure that these acts of destroying the nation’s oil pipelines and vandalism are over,”Agu said.
He called on youths in Nembe, Brass and Ekeremor local government areas to emulate the people of Southern Ijaw.
“The act of vandalism and illegal bunkering is the major cause of fuel scarcity in the country. We want to also warn filling station operators who still sell the official pump price over N97 to stop of be arrested,” he said.
– The Punch