Some 2,100 litres of petroleum seized by the men of the Kwara State command of the National Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) from oil black marketers in various parts of Kwara State were yesterday dispensed free of charge to commercial vehicles and motorcycles operators in Ilorin, the state capital.
The NSCDC had earlier obtained a court injunction authorising it to dispense the seized 70 units of 25 litres jerry cans free of charge.
The dispensing of the commodity was carried out in the premises of NSCDC at the popular Post Office area in the state capital and was supervised by the Corps Commandant, Adeyinka Ayinla, the state commissioner for Information, Mahmud Ajeigbe, and his Commerce and Cooperatives counterpart, Hajia Funmilayo Oniwa.
Commercial vehicles and motorcycles operators turned out in large number to benefit from the largesse.
Each vehicle owner got 10 litres while each motorcyclist got five litres of petrol free of charge.
The commodity was seized from oil black marketers at Sango area of Ilorin on December 23, 2017 against statutory provisions.
The state commandant of the NSCDC, Mr Adeyinka Ayinla, said that the seizure was carried out by anti-vandal and surveillance team of the agency in collaboration with state task force team on control, monitoring and sale of petroleum products.
The NSCDC boss, who said that the free distribution of the petroleum products was enforced based on court order secured from the state high court, warned individuals and dealers to desist or be dealt with according to provisions of the laws.
Also speaking, the commissioner for Information and Communication, Mahmud Ajeigbe, commended efforts of the security agencies in the state, especially the civil defence corps, saying that the task force team would continue to monitor sale of petroleum products in the state.
The commissioner, who lamented that activities of the illegal oil marketers had compounded fuel scarcity situation in parts of the state, said that the state government would continue to work with security agencies in the state correct all irregularities.
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