According to a statement released by the Department of State Services (DSS, investigation has revealed that the current petrol scarcity in the Northern part of the country was premised on fear of post-election violence.
The statement issued by the spokesperson of the DSS, Marilyn Ogar in Abuja, explained that the situation was as a result of fear by the National Association of Transport Owners (NARTO) that they might be caught in “likely election violence as was witnessed in 2011.
“This Service has observed lately the build-up of queues at petrol stations. Investigation has revealed that trucks that would hitherto have loaded products from the South for distribution in the North are reluctant to do so,’’ she said.
Ogar said that government recognised that NARTO and such other unions provide essential services and as such adequate security arrangements had been put in place to guarantee the safety of their members.
“Consequently, Brigade Commanders, Police Commissioners and State Directors of the DSS have been directed by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), the IGP and the DGSS, respectively, to provide adequate security.
She said that NNPC had assured that there was adequate petrol to meet demand before, during and after the elections.
“Therefore, we want to urge the public not to resort to panic buying and hoarding. Once more, we want to reassure NARTO and indeed all Nigerians of the security and safety of their lives and property,’’ Ogar said.