According to a statement signed by the Force Public Relations officer, ACP Olabisi Kolawole, the Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, has ordered all Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and State Commissioners of Police to arrest anybody found selling petrol in jerry cans.
“Apart from the hardship this act 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 said.
Arase lamented the havoc the people selling and hoarding fuel in plastic containers have wrecked in their environs – fire outbreak for one. He stressed that petrol is highly flammable and if not stored and handled properly, can pose serious danger to lives, property and the environment. Arase warned that filling station attendants who sell petrol inside jerry cans will also be arrested and prosecuted.