The Commandant General of the Nigeria Civil Defence Corps , NSCDC , Alhaji Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu has instructed all commandants across the country to ensure they protect all public facilities against vandalisation by criminal elements masquerading as businessmen.
Speaking to journalists at the Plateau state command, Commandant Olasupo Solomon said the Corps is working round the clock to fish out perpetrators of heinous act such as the vandalisation of critical infrastructures and called on the general public to report anyone found indulging in acts capable of breeching public peace to the Corps.
He said the command recently uncovered the strange tactics of syndicates using polyethylene bags to distribute fuel meant for onward distribution to marketers to create artificial scarcity of the product .
“These elements operate by using tricycles popularly called Keke Napep to divert 300 litres of petrol which people were forced to buy it at the rate of N195 per a litter. .
“We have promise to make it our daily routine to keep surveillance on the activities of these illegalities until this civil populace enjoy the public facilities on the Plateau” ,he explained.
He expressed sadness over the behaviour of some marketers who endanger the lives of people by exposing them to illegal outlets for the sale of petrol. This, he said, has forced the command to close down 13 filling stations selling above the government regulated price
He said the NSCDC in Plateau state and its environs is keeping surveillance over all the public facilities including post offices, Genco buildings, transformers, cables and railways tracks while he warned those marketers who are involve in illegal business to stay away from the business if they can not sell the fuel within the market price. He released the Corps’ hotlines for the public to report any illegal activity. They are 09077000077,09031550552 .