Operatives of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) surveillance team on petroleum products monitoring set up by the Inspector General of Police, Ibraheem Idris, intercepted a truck loaded with 40,000 litres of PMS being diverted to neighbouring country.
The Head Downstream of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Kaduna zone, Yahaya Maishera, who disclosed this to journalists in Kaduna said the truck was intercepted along the Funtua-Gusau road in Katsina state, ostensibly heading to neighbouring xountry.
Katsina shares a border with Niger republic and several truck loads of fuel meant for Nigerian market end up in Niger.
The DPR official said the way bill of the product indicates that it was meant to be supplied to Gombe state as part of efforts to cushion the effect of the scarcity in that part of the country.
He said to serve as a deterrent to other unscrupulous marketers, the DPR ordered that the tanker be brought back from Futua to Kaduna.
It also ordered that the product be discharged at an NNPC mega station in Mando area of the state capital, where it will be sold to the public at the government approved pump price of N145 per litre.
This comes weeks after the DPR raised an alarm that petroleum products were being diverted by independent marketers to unknown filling stations, making it difficult to end the petrol scarcity, the worst that the nation has experienced in a many years.
Amidst the lingering scarcity across the country, the DPR and PPMC have reassured residents of Kaduna and other states in the north that they will intensify surveillance on supply and sale of products to ensure that the scarcity is brought to an end as soon as possible.