While PMS scarcity bites, hard across the nooks and crannies of Kwara state, causing very few vehicles to now be on the roads, the state command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC said it has arrested two men, Yunus Yusuf, 32 and Ismail Olamilekan 33, for allegedly engaging in the black market business of the premium motor spirit (PMS).
The spokesman of the corps in the state, Babawale Zaid Afolabi, in a statement on Thursday February 17, said that the two suspects were arrested with more than 30 kegs of petrol which they allegedly bought from neighbouring state and planned to sell at high price to end-users in the Ilorin, state capital.
“As directed by the state commandant, Makinde Iskil Ayinla, the anti-vandal unit of the NSCDC in the state led by the unit commander, ACC Ayinde Yusuf, continued with their operational activities in order to check any action or inaction that can worsen the current fuel scarcity situation. They were able to intercept a taxi cab at Eyenkorin area, which was loaded with 30 kegs of PMS.” he stated.
Afolabi also said that the two suspects later confessed to be engaging in the black market business of the PMS, adding that they went to Ogbomoso to buy the products which they planned to be selling at exhorbitant price to the desperate end-users in the Ilorin metropolis.
He also said that the corps was prepared to make life difficult for all economic saboteurs whole said were trying to make life difficult for the people of the state, adding that the two suspects will be charged to court after the completion of the investigations.