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Nigeria: DPR & NSCDC Partnership To Prosecute Fuel Marketers

Nigeria: DPR & NSCDC Partnership To Prosecute Fuel Marketers

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), in cooperation with the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) is working towards prosecuting fuel marketers operating illegal fuel service stations in the state.

The Operations Controller of DPR, Mr Tamunoiminabo Kingsley-Sundaye said that the department would strengthen its relationship with NSCDC to confirm that government initiatives were achieved in the state.

“DPR does not charge offenders to court but the sister agencies have the powers to do that. For us to conclude the job, we need to strengthen our partnership with government agencies to achieve a common goal. If there are obvious malpractices in fuel service stations or fuel products are adulterated, it is the security outfit of government that will apprehend the culprits,” Kingsley-Sundaye said.

The importance of the department strengthening its partnership with sister agencies is to achieve a common goal in the state. There were lots of illegal activities in the downstream sector that needed the partnership of the NSCDC to bring stability to the sector.

Kingsley-Sundaye said that he envisions a better Nigeria where people will see as a civilized country where law and order is respected.

Fuel marketers were warned to keep from violating DPR seal order in the state. 20 per cent of fuel service stations in the state were illegal. The department hoped to soon get hold of marketers selling LPG cylinder at unauthorized areas and unlicensed stations in the state. “We will be on the road to educate them and those who don’t want to be educated, the law must be applied.”

Mrs Obiajulu Obiageli, Commander of the NSCDC said that since her assumption in office, the command had won 48 cases and 168 offenders were successfully prosecuted and jailed accordingly. “We must get to the Federal High Court, where we have the right to prosecute.”

The command had seized a lot of adulterated fuel products in the state, and once the department called on NSCDC, the corps would be ready to respond. Source: The Guardian PWKD20032018

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