The federal government has ordered security agencies to arrest petroleum marketers who deliberately hoard petroleum products to create the artificial scarcity currently being experienced.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) yesterday warned oil marketers to desist from hoarding the product or risk being arrested by industry regulators who have been detailed for enforcement.
NNPC spokesman, Ndu Ughamadu, noted in a statement that the warning followed the uncovering of 144 oil tankers filled with petroleum products in Kano.
According to him, government has intervened in an industrial action embarked upon by PENGASSAN over labour disputes with NECONDE Energy Services Ltd.
He noted: “NNPC warns marketers not to hoard products as law enforcement agencies, working with industry regulators, have been detailed to take appropriate measures against any defaulter.
“The Corporation further assures that there are enough petroleum products to keep the nation wet.
“NNPC wishes to state that relevant government agencies are in consultation with industrial unions to arrive at an amicable resolution of issues over which there are threats of industrial action”.