Fuel Scarcity: El-Rufai Directs Security Agents To Arrest Petrol Hawkers

Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State on Tuesday directed security men to enforce the ban on the hawking of petroleum products in the state as part of efforts to contain the scarcity of the products.

The directive was contained in a statement issued in Kaduna by Mr Samuel Aruwan, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity. According to the statement, filling stations across the state would no longer dispense the products in Jerry cans and related containers. The statement said that the ban was part of the decisions taken during Tuesday’s state Security Council meeting. It said that security agencies had been directed to enforce the ban in accordance with the Kaduna State Petroleum Products (Anti-Hoarding and Adulteration) Law of 1992.

The statement said that the ban prohibited sales of petroleum products in Jerry cans throughout the 23 local government areas of the state by hawkers. “This law empowers the task force to ensure that petroleum product were sold in a safe manner, with stiff penalty on violators.

“Council based its decision on legal and security considerations, compounded by the environmental hazard petroleum products in Jerry cans can cause,” it stated. The government also advised the public to help uphold and enforce the ban to ensure that fuel was only dispensed at filling stations.

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Security Agents Abort Dasuki’s Overseas Medical Trip

Sambo Dasuki, might have been prevented by security agents from travelling abroad for medical attention, as directed by an Abuja Federal High Court.

Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court last Tuesday granted Mr. Dasuki’s request for his passport to be released, to enable him to travel abroad for medical treatment.

However, Vanguard learnt on Thursday that Dasuki, who was billed to travel on Wednesday night, was stopped by security operatives at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.

Dasuki reportedly returned to the airport on Thursday morning to make his trip but was also prevented by the same security agents, who did not however give him any reason for their action.

A frustrated Dasuki is said to have returned to his Asokoro House following the aborted trip and was considering returning to the Federal High Court to seek redress against the Department of State Security Service, whose agents halted his movement abroad.

A source close to the former NSA said that Dasuki was in his house as at the time Vanguard made contact with him.

The source denied reports that Dasuki had again been placed under house arrest by the DSS.
The source said: “The security agents only prevented Dasuki from travelling on Wednesday night and Thursday morning. He has returned to his house and is not under house arrest.”

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