The Nigeria Customs Service has suspended the supply of petroleum products to filling stations located within 20 kilometers to the nation’s borders with other countries.
The approval according to a circular from the service was given by the Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Alli.
The suspension of the supply of petroleum products became necessary following the closure of Nigeria’s borders to neighbouring countries and to check the proliferation of petroleum products.
The circular, dated November 6, 2019, was signed by The Deputy Comptroller of Customs in charge of Enforcement, Investigation, and Inspectorate, Victor Dimka, with reference number EII/2019/circular no 29.
It was addressed to all Zonal Coordinators; Operations Swift Response; Sector Coordinators 1,2,3 and 4; Customs Area Comptrollers; Coordinators of CGC Strike Force Teams; Coordinator Headquarters Strike Force Team and all Marine Command.
It reads in part, “The Comptroller-General of Customs has directed that henceforth, no petroleum products no matter the tank size is permitted to be discharged in any filling station within 20 kilometers to the borders.
“Consequently, you are all to ensure strict and immediate compliance, please.”
The Public Relations Officer, NCS, Mr Joseph Attah, when contacted, told our correspondent that it was addressed to field operatives to enable them tackle the menace of petroleum proliferation and also enforce the decision of the Federal Government.