Don't buy or sell fuel in jerry cans, you'll go to jail - Police

By Editor on 26/04/2016

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For those pleading the current nightmarish power situation in the country or fuel crisis to wield jerry cans publicly, as a sort of remedy, a greater ordeal is now in the offing, should they continue.

They now risk long jail terms for their efforts, courtesy of a new order issued to police officers and men to apprehend any such offender, for breaking a yet to be mentioned law.

But, the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has issued the order all the same, making it an offence for both the buyer or the seller to be found handling petrol with jerry cans.

He did, in a signal to all zonal assistant inspectors-general of police, FCT and state command commissioners of police, states making it mandatory that anybody found selling petrol and other petroleum products in plastic containers should be arrested.

Arase’s order, which was conveyed by police spokesman in Abuja, Olabisi Kolawole, Acting Commissioner of Police, in Abuja, who explained the rationale, saying apart from the hardship the act was causing to fuel buyers, it had also rendered some innocent and law-abiding citizens homeless as a result of fire outbreaks.


Noting that fuel products such as petrol were highly flammable and if not stored and handled properly, could seriously endanger people’s lives, property and the environment, it warned fuel attendants at filling stations to desist from selling petrol inside jerry cans and plastic containers.

While emphasising that both the buyers and the sellers of the products would be arrested and prosecuted under the law, it assured Nigerians of the readiness of the police to fulfil its constitutional mandate, and also appealed for more cordial relationship between the police and the public.




Posted on April, 26 2016

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