Taraba State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) yesterday paraded the state Chairman of the Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), Alhaji Ishaku Kashere, for alleged diversion of fuel allocated to a filling station in Jalingo.
The Command also paraded three other suspects in connection to the fuel diversion alongside a petrol tanker belonging to the NARTO chairman.
Parading the suspects before newsmen at the command headquarters in Jalingo, State Commandant of the NSCDC, Kamilu Ado Isah, said his men apprehended the suspects while dispensing the commodity in jerry cans to black marketers at about 11:15pm on Monday along Jalingo/Yola Road.
The NSCDC Commandant explained that the petrol tanker loaded with 40 thousand litres of fuel was allocated to an MRS filling station in the state capital, but the suspects only gave 12,300 litres to the station and diverted the rest to black marketers.
Kamilu said the NSCDC command in the state would not tolerate any act of fuel diversion by any stakeholder in the petroleum sector as it causes hardship to the public. Saturday Mirror gathered that fuel scarcity in the state has caused untold hardship to residents with a litre of fuel selling for between N250 and N300 by black marketers.
There have been accusations by motorists in Jalingo that the state leadership of the National Association of Road Transport Owners has been diverting the commodity, resulting to the acute scarcity of the product in filling stations while black marketers continue to exploit unsuspecting public.