The federal government has directed that petroleum products should not be supplied to filling stations within 20 kilometres of the borders.
Comptroller General of Customs, Hammed Ali gave the directive in a memo dated November 6, TheCable reports.
This directive would also be carried out under the ongoing Operation Swift Response which is supervising the land border closure.
The memo signed by Chidi A., the deputy comptroller general for enforcement, investigation and inspection, reads “The Comptroller-General of Customs has directed that henceforth no petroleum product no matter the tank size is permitted to be discharged in any filling station with 20 kilometres to the border.”
“Consequently, you are all to ensure strict and immediate compliance, please.”
Recall that the former group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru said filling stations in border towns are funnels for fuel smuggling to neighbouring countries.
“There is a thriving market for Nigerian petrol in all the neighbouring countries of Niger Republic, Benin Republic, Cameroon, Chad and Togo and even Ghana which has no direct borders with Nigeria.”