Border communities kick as Customs suspend fuel supply to areas
Residents of communities within Idiroko border axis in Ogun State have lamented the directive from the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Hamed Ali, announcing the suspension of petrol and diesel supply to filling stations within 20 kilometres radius to all Nigerian borders.
The directive was contained in a circular from the office of Ali, a copy of which was made available to DAILY POST.
The circular has been confirmed by Customs spokesman, Joseph Attah, who said the directive has been given to all NCS Commands through Chidi A, the Deputy Comptroller-General Enforcement, Inspection, and Investigation, on Wednesday in Abuja.
The circular, dated November 6, 2019, titled ‘EII/2019/Circular No. 027 Suspension of Petroleum Products Supply To Filling Stations Within 20 Kilometers To All Borders’, was addressed to “all zonal coordinators, operation swift response, sector coordinator 1, 2, 3 & 4, customs area controllers, coordinators CGC strike force teams, coordinator, headquarters strike force teams and all marine commands.
It reads, “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 kilometres to the border.
“Consequently, you are to ensure strict and immediate compliance please.”
But residents of border communities in Ipokia Local Government said the move was an attempt to shut them out of Nigeria by denying them access to fuel.
They berated Ali for allegedly being insensitive to the fact that his decision would bring about fuel scarcity, which they said would be inimical to economic activities in the area.