Yakubu Busari, Jos
The Plateau State command of the NSCDC has warned against fuel hoarding in the state and vowed to treat those that divert the products meant for the state as economic saboteurs who will be prosecuted when caught.
Mr Solomon Olasupo, the state Commandant stressed that those found guilty may forfeit the facilities and their equipments used for which may include but not limited to buildings, machinery and vehicles deployed to perpetrate the crime.
Mr. Solomon Olasupo who made this declaration in a released issued at the weekend after his supervision in all the filling stations in the in Jos metropolis, disclosed that the anti vandal, Operation, Intelligent, Critical Infrastructure and Special Response Squad of his office, whose officers were part of his entourage, have been mandated to mount surveillance and patrol across the state.
The commandant added that such facilities will be seized and used as exhibits as long as the cases last while the possibility of getting such after the case is remote as the position of relevant laws on such misuse of resources for criminal activities is clear.
He then noted that aside the fact that such activities criminal were criminal and unlawful, they were also capable of endangering the lives and property of the residents especially during this period of harmattan and dry season when just a little spark can start a big fire disaster.
“It is inhuman for anybody to divert or hoard fuel in this period when all hands must be on the deck to support the government efforts to improve the citizen’s welfare”.
It is also inhuman, cruel and unjust to subject people to unnecessary hardship by creating artificial scarcity on a pedestrian reason of maximising profit. What is even the value of money you make at the expense of fellow human beings, “ he asked rhetorically.