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*By Ashake Awojoodu.

NSCDC has declared a clamp down on fuel marketers hoarding premium motor spirit in Ibadan.

9Janewshub.com.ng reports that the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC Oyo State Command has warned against fuel hoarding and hike in price in the state.

The development was conveyed through a statement issued and signed by the state Corps Public Relations Officer, CSC Oluwole Olusegun.

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A copy of the statement made available to 9Janewshub.com.ng  on Friday maintained that the State Commandant of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Oyo State Command, Comdt Adaralewa Michael Akintayo has reiterated the Corps readiness to apprehend filling station owners who are taking undue advantage of the artificial scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit ( PMS)  popularly called Petroleum to hike the price of the product thereby worsening the current situation in the state.

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The statement further stressed that Comdt Adaralewa made the disclosure on Friday, 25th of February, 2022,  while addressing the anti vandalism officers deployed to monitor some filling stations who were  dispensing a litre of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) above the recommended pump price.

Commandant Adaralewa according to the statement stated that the order was in line with directive of Commandant General of Corps, Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Audi, to all  State Commandants to deploy  personnel mostly Anti-Vandalism Squad to filling stations to maintain orderliness, monitor compliance with government approved rates as well as stop visible and perceived sharp practices observed during supervision and monitoring of  filling Stations.

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The Anti Vandalism Squad,will  visit  filling  stations in Oyo state, to monitor the compliance of sale of the commodity at the approved price, cautioned them against hiking the price and  ensured that the product is sold to motorists instead of hoarding it.

He warned erring filing stations who are still selling above the recommended pump price or hoarding the products thereby causing artificial scarcity to revert  or risk being arrested and dealt with according to the law.

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He charged members of the public to furnish the command with credible information on the activities of errant marketers and other crime and criminalities in Oyo state.

Commandant Adaralewa said that NSCDC management frowned at anything that will bring untold hardship to Nigerians and is ready to ensure that  filling stations with the commodity sell at the government approved price.

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The concluded part of the statement stated urged members of the public to In case of any emergency or challenges call the Command hot line on 08062384818,08077513995,09055533303,08035383164 and 08058268164.

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