Why Customs bans fuel supply to border communities Residents groan, IPMAN backs decision
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has directed the immediate stoppage of supply of petroleum products within 20 kilometres to the nation’s international borders.
Daily Trust findings reveal that hundreds of filling stations built in communities close to Nigeria’s borders with neighbouring Chad, Niger and Cameroon would be affected by the latest directive.
Residents spoken to in the affected communities said the directive would further affect social and economic activities, but customs officials said the move was to further curtail smuggling of subsidised petroleum products to other countries.
They argued that most of the filling stations only served as conduit for stocking and thereafter lifting of the products for onward delivery to neighbouring communities to be sold at exorbitant prices.
The circular transmitting the directive, dated November 6, 2019, and signed by the Deputy Comptroller General, Enforcement, Investigation and Inspection (EI&I), Chidi A., said the instruction was from the Comptroller General of Customs (CGC), retired Col. Hameed Ali.
The circular, No. 27 is titled ‘Suspension of Petroleum Products Supply to Filling Stations within 20 kilometres of all Borders’.
It said: “The CGC has directed that henceforth, no petroleum product, no matter the tank size, is permitted to be discharged in any filling station