The Bauchi State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested 40 suspected illegal petroleum hawkers in the state.
State Commandant of the NSCDC, Mr. Donatus Ikemefuna disclosed this in Bauchi while parading the suspects before newsmen, saying the suspects were allegedly caught with 3 drums and 82 kegs of 25 litres capacity filled with petrol.
He said the command had launched an operation to bring about an end to the shortage of petroleum products in the state.
The NSCDC boss explained that the daily manifest of all the petrol allocation to Bauchi State from Kano depot was being sent to his office which is enough to serve the state but long queues still persists in all filling stations.
Ikemefuna said 473,976 litres petroleum was allocated to the state on the 21st of March, 2016 which he said would have eased the scarcity being experienced.
The Commandant said the persistent scarcity of the products in the state was due to the activities of some miscreants among the filling station managers who either sell the products at night to illegal dealers at exorbitant price in kegs and drums or divert the products to the hinterland and sell above the official price.
He therefore warned people to desist from any act that will endanger their lives and call on youths to venture into lawful means of livelihood.
Ikemefuna thanked the people of Bauchi State for being patient urging them to continue to be law abiding and support security agencies in their quest to tackle unwholesome practices like diversions, hoarding, selling above official price in Bauchi State.