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Ban on petrol sale at borders: House of Reps fumes, says it’s unacceptable

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Unimpressed by the ban on the sale of petrol about 20km to the country’s borders, the House of Representatives has asked the Federal Government to rescind the order.

 

The federal lawmakers gave thumbs down for the recently announced policy by the Nigeria Customs Service, lamenting the hardships being faced by people living in border communities.

 

Mr Sada Soli said: “This is not acceptable. Review this directive with a human face.’’

 

He said the order to filling stations located about 20 km to the borders not to sell petrol amounted to a violation of the laws of the country and should be “vacated’’ without delay.

 

“The order by the customs boss contravenes the provisions of the Customs and Excise Act,’’Soli said, explaining that the filling stations were situated and constructed in compliance with relevant laws.

 

Soli had raised a motion on Tuesday on the floor of the hallowed chamber under issues of urgent national importance.

 

Last week, the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, retired Col. Hameed Ali, had ordered that no petroleum products should be supplied to filling stations located within 20 km to the borders.

 

As a result of the ban, prices of petroleum products particularly petrol have gone up.

 

In Idiroko and Ilara border towns of Ogun State, a litre of petrol was sold as at today for between N250 and N330.

 

Persecondnews reports that it could go up when the filling stations exhaust their current supplies.

 

However, in Badagry and Seme in Lagos State, the petrol stations which are still selling their old stock have yet to increase the prices of the commodity.

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