Chai! The dangers involved in hawking a flammable commodity like fuel are innumerable. Just weeks into the fuel scarcity bewitching Nigerians, fuel hawkers, A.k.a black marketers have started wreaking a lot of havoc exploiting people, diluting fuel and doing all sorts. We hear that ten of such fuel hawkers were apprehended in Lagos, Nigeria on the 3rd of April, 2016 by the Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences of the State for allegedly causing gridlock in the Oshodi and Ikeja areas of the state.
A total number of 25 were initially said to be arrested but after some investigation, they were reduced to 10. It was learnt that about eight jerrycans of fuel were found in possession of the suspects but was not really the reason behind their arrest rather their obstruction of traffic.
He said, “These hawkers stay around filling stations and they cause gridlock for other road users. They may be charged to court on Monday (today).”
Mr Adebayo Taofiq, the unit spokesman was said to have confirmed the arrest:
“The Chairman of the task force, SP Olayinka Egebyemi, ordered that there should be vehicular sanity around all filling stations in the state. During our operation on Sunday, 25 miscreants, including those hawking fuel by the roadsides around filling stations were arrested. Ten were released after screening and the 15 would be charged to court for environmental offences according to the law”he said.
Meanwhile, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has denied claims that he informed the Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream) last Tuesday that the fuel shortages will end between April 5 and 7. Dr Kachikwu is said to have made the clarifications during a phone call with a local news agency. He, however, assured Nigerians that concrete measures have been set in motion to end the fuel scarcity as soon as possible.