Kaduna bans sale of petroleum products in jerry cans over increasing lawlessness

*The Kaduna State Government has prohibited the sale of petroleum products in jerry cans or any other containers, and suspended weekly markets in five local government areas, following a spike in kidnapping and banditry in the state

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

In view of the increasing insecurity resulting from a considerable surge in banditry and kidnapping in the state, the Kaduna State Government has banned the sale of petroleum products in jerry cans or any other containers in five Local Government Areas (LGAs).

The affected councils include Birnin Gwari, Chikun, Giwa, Igabi and Kajuru.

Samuel Aruwan, Honourable Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, in a statement Monday, August 30, 2021, disclosed the ban is with immediate effect.

Petrol black marketers

The Commissioner, when directing security agencies to ensure compliance with the directives, urged the residents of the affected areas to cooperate with the government as necessary steps are taken against banditry and criminality across the state.

Aruwan also stated the government directed the suspension of weekly markets in five local government areas which have witnessed a spike in kidnapping and banditry in recent times.

The current measure by the Kaduna State Government is reportedly coming a few months after neighbouring Zamfara State criminalised the sale of petroleum products in jerry cans or any other containers.

Ibrahim Dosara, Commissioner of Information in Zamfara State, who disclosed this development, said only vehicles should be attended to at petrol stations.

This Commissioner noted this measure would help to curb the activities of black marketers linked to bandits in the state, Channels TV report said.

Kaduna, Zamfara and other states in the North-West and North-Central have been caught up in a surge of violence from heavily armed criminal gangs who loot villages, steal cattle and carry out mass kidnappings in recent times.

The violence has its roots in years-long tensions and tit-for-tat raids between farmers and nomadic herders over grazing land and water resources.

The criminal gangs, also known as bandits, often attack in large numbers and arrive on motorbikes, report stated.

Usually motivated by financial gain, the criminal elements have been targeting schools and colleges, kidnapping students and pupils for ransom.

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