Following the extension of the border closure till January 31, 2020, the Federal Government has directed that no petroleum product should be supplied to filling stations within 20km of the borders.
A recent memo appended by Chidi A, the Deputy Comptroller General for Enforcement, Investigation and Inspection, on Thursday, November 7, 2019, states that:
“The Comptroller-General of Customs has directed that henceforth no petroleum product no matter the tank size is permitted to be discharged in any filling station with 20 kilometres to the border.”
“Consequently, you are all to ensure strict and immediate compliance, please.”
The memo which was issued by Customs Comptroller General, Hameed Ali, also announced that the deferral of petroleum supplies will be monitored through the existing Operation Swift Response.
The former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum, Maikanti Baru, had before now called the attention of the government on the uprising of filling stations situated in the border regions.
According to him, the filling stations were responsible for illegal movements of petroleum products to neighbouring countries.
“There is a thriving market for Nigerian petrol in all the neighbouring countries of Niger Republic, Benin Republic, Cameroon, Chad and Togo and even Ghana which has no direct borders with Nigeria,” Baru noted.