A Senior Advocate of Nigeria and human rights activist, Femi Falana, has advised the Federal Government to deploy the police to monitor the loading and supply of fuel across the country in order to bring an end to the scarcity problem.
He gave this advice in a statement released yesterday titled “Unending Fuel Scarcity”, where he blamed the scarcity situation on independent marketers who, according to him, have illegally increased the pump price of petrol despite repeated assurances from the FG.
He noted: “The independent marketers have said that they can no longer import refined fuel and sell at N145 per litre. Convinced that the government lacks the political will to deal with them the marketers have illegally increased the pump price of the product to N300 per litre in several parts of the country.
“The cheap blackmail of the importers ought to be rejected because they were importing the product, selling at N145 per litre and smiling to the banks when a dollar exchanged for over N500 last year.”
The lawyer also criticized the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Maikanti Baru, and the Minister of State for Petroleum, Kachikwu Ibe, for misleading Nigerians that there was enough fuel in storage to cater for envisaged increased demands during the festive period.
“Given the shortage of petrol throughout the country it is indubitably clear that Messrs Kachukwu and Baru deliberately set out to deceive the Nigerian people when they gave the misleading impression that there was enough fuel to cater for all consumers.
“Both highly placed officials have not tendered a public apology for engaging in public deceit.”