Following cases of trans border smuggling of petroleum products in Niger State; the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has warned marketers in and around borders in the state to desist from the illegal act.
The DPR Operations Controller in the state, Engr Abdullahi Isah Jankara handed down the warning during a meeting with the marketers from Mokwa, New Bussa and Babana axis of the state where men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the department arrested eight trucks of fuel diverted towards Benin Republic last week.
He told the marketers that they cannot escape the wrath of the law if found wanting as they are always on surveillance to check diversion especially through the borders in the state.
Jankara advised oil marketers to obtain their licenses from the DPR to make their businesses legitimate and ensure that they sell the product at regulated price of N145 per litre.
Consequently, the Controller issued eight licenses to various companies from the border towns and insisted that the marketers will always be monitored from the depots to their final destinations to ensure delivery of the product at the right location and stations.
He said that the federal government will deal decisively with erring marketers and therefore urged them to cooperate with the department.
Jankara said the companies or stations that have meet up with the requirements for licensing will be licensed to avoid illegal operations along border towns.