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Soldiers, NNPC station officials clash over kerosene

Consumers of Kerosene on Tuesday accused operators of NNPC mega station in Abuja of collecting bribes from black market operators to facilitate their purchase of the product.

The consumers who were mainly military personnel and members of the Civil Defence Corp told officials of the Abuja Zonal Office of the Department of Petroleum Resources on inspection visit that they have been on the queue for over five hours without getting the product.

According to them, “Tuesdays are supposed to be the turn of soldiers and civil defence to purchase kerosene from the mega station but they have refused to sell to us, rather they are selling to black market sellers.

“If you go outside the station now, you will see them selling kerosene for N100 per litre. The station attendants collect money from them and dispense the product to them in disregard to the scheduling arrangement they put in place”.

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The DPR officials who averted a potentially ugly situation, as fracas broke out between the plain clothed soldiers and civil defence officers on one hand, and NNPC officials and Mobile Policemen on the other hand, assured the consumers that the issues would be resolved to ensure that they had a full allocation of kerosene.

Manager of the station, Mohammed Sani, while denying the allegations, said he had personally sold kerosene to about 30 army and civil defence personnel already that day, blaming the rowdiness for the decision to stop dispensing the product. He assured that it would begin as soon as calm was restored.

The Abuja DPR Zonal Controller, Aliyu Halidu, had earlier told newsmen that the inspection was to ensure that orderliness at the filling stations by ensuring that products were been dispensed to consumers at the right quantity.