The police can now arrest you for buying fuel in jerrycans

Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon E. Arase, has instructed all Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General as well as FCT/State Commands Commissioners of Police to arrest anyone found selling petrol or other petroleum products in plastic containers.

According to the directive which was issued by Arase on Monday, April 26, the police said apart from the hardship black marketing is causing to fuel buyers, it has also rendered some innocent and law abiding citizens homeless due to fire outbreak from jerry-can petrol storage.

He noted that fuel products such as petrol are highly flammable and if not stored and handled properly, can seriously endanger people, property and the environment.

The IGP further warned fuel attendants at fuel stations to cease from selling petrol inside jerry-can/plastic container adding that both the buyer and the seller of the product will be arrested and prosecuted under the law.

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