Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, has directed his men to commence a 24-hour surveillance of filling stations across the country.
Muhammadu gave this order after he had a meeting with the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu at NNPC tower Abuja last week.
He explained that this is aimed at curtailing the activities of black market operators, who have capitalised on the fuel scarcity situation in the country to engage in different illegal activities.
Muhammadu said officials of the NSCDC would be assigned to petrol stations across the country in order to carry out the directive.
Briefing journalists on the development, the Commandant General said that before the latest directive, NSCDC had carried out 24-hour surveillance on oil terminals where crude oil is being loaded and on the rigs where drilling operations take place.
He said 2,800 officers have been deployed in Abuja metropolis to ease the operation of NNPC and that officers of the corps have also been deployed in the same vein in states like, Delta, Edo, Lagos, Ogun, Osun and Oyo state.
It would be recalled that the government outlawed the sale of petrol on roadsides and directed the NSCDC to arrest and prosecute offenders.