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ALERT: Buy petrol with jerry can, end up in prison

ALERT: Buy petrol with jerry can, end up in prison
April 26
18:41 2016

It will no longer matter whether you’re the buyer or the seller; if you’re found handling petrol with jerry cans, you will be arrested.

The order,  given on Tuesday by Solomon Arase, inspector-general of police, to all zonal assistant inspectors-general of police, FCT and state command commissioners of police, states clearly that anybody found selling petrol and other petroleum products in plastic containers should be arrested.

Arase gave the order in a statement issued by Olabisi Kolawole, acting commissioner of police and force public relations officer, in Abuja.

It said apart from the hardship the act was causing to fuel buyers, it had also rendered some innocent and law-abiding citizens homeless as a result of fire outbreaks.


The statement noted that fuel products such as petrol are highly flammable and if not stored and handled properly, can seriously endanger people’s lives, property and the environment.

It warned fuel attendants at filling stations to desist from selling petrol inside jerry cans and plastic containers.

The statement said both the buyers and the sellers of the products would be arrested and prosecuted under the law.


It assured Nigerians of the readiness of the police to fulfill its constitutional mandate, and also appealed for more cordial relationship between the police and the public.


  1. Sir Respect
    Sir Respect April 26, 23:19

    In the attempt to stop black marketers,the I.G should please also consider,that many persons need this products to move about thier daily activities..Rightly speaking,I thought police should enforce laws not make laws…From d citizens n from d masses,I presume this law is a contradictory one..

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  2. Soulaiman
    Soulaiman April 27, 07:45

    Then let them ensure the product is available @ all filling stations and also see to those selling @ High and unaffordable price.

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  3. Bolly
    Bolly April 27, 09:38

    please how should we fill our power generating sets with this kind of obnoxious law? the black marketers ply their trade in broad daylight so it should not be a problem apprehending them, why add all other persons which simultaneously includes individuals trying to get this product mainly to power their generators? please oga police, kindly review this your policy because you should also have close relatives in our position [masses].

    thank you

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