Fuel Scarcity: Civil Defence To Monitor Petrol Stations


As the fuel scarcity continues to bite harder across the country, the Commandant General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Alhaji Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, has ordered a 24-hour surveillance of petrol stations by the officers of the corps.

The move is aimed at checkmating the activities of black marketers and others benefiting from the hardships imposed by the fuel scarcity.

Based on the directive of the Commandant-General, NSCDC officials would be deployed in petrol stations across the country to check sharp practices and ensure the smooth supply and distribution of petroleum products.

Mr. Gana gave this order immediately after he met with the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr. Ibe Kachikwu, at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC towers, Abuja, on Thursday.

Briefing Journalists on the development, the Commandant General said that before the latest directive, NSCDC had carried out 24-hour surveillance on oil terminals where crude oil is being loaded and on the rigs where drilling operations take place.

He said 280 officers have been deployed in Abuja metropolis to ease the operations of NNPC and just as he said NSCDC officials have been deployed in in states like, Delta, Edo, Lagos, Ogun, Osun and Oyo state.‎ ‎

Earlier, Mr. Kachikwu, who doubles as Group Managing Director of the NNPC, during the meeting, stated that the involvement of NSCDC operatives became necessary following the need to ensure total eradication of queues from fuel stations across the country and for effective monitoring of the distribution system.

“This calls for effective monitoring of the supply system, especially at the end points, to ascertain that what is trucked out from the depots is delivered at the designated fuel stations and dispensed to the public in the most efficient manner. We need you to be out there to help achieve this; we can’t be at ease while Nigerians are going through so much pain to get fuel”, he said.

The minister, therefore, urged officers deployed for monitoring duties to be vigilant and ensure that all the petrol designated for their respective stations is delivered and dispensed to members of the public in a most efficient manner.


  1. They are there to protect their own interest. I was on a queue at NNPC station, ilo iwela road in ota today. Those of us on the queue were unattended to while the civil defence people were buying into kegs for themselves, friends and families. What a shame.