The House of Representatives has ordered the Nigerian Police and the DSS to clamp down on petroleum retailers selling above the regulated price.
It also called on the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority to collaborate with Police Force and DSS to make sure that the order is enforced.
The lawmakers asked NNPC Limited to end the artificial scarcity within the next week. These resolutions followed a motion of urgent public importance moved by Saidu Abdulahi during Tuesday’s plenary session.
The lawmaker said intelligence at the disposal of the government shows the shortage is a result of deliberate sabotage by some elements. He added that some fuel stations sell for as high as N300 per litre in some states.
“Most of those fueling stations have resorted to selling fuel at over N300 per litre. It is observed with dismay that those who are gaining from this artificial fuel scarcity appear to be smiling home as a result of this ugly development and this has the potency to provoke innocent Nigerians against the Government,” he articulated.
To this end, the House mandated Committees on Petroleum Resources (Downstream) and Legislative Compliance to ensure compliance with the resolution.