The Department of State Services (DSS) has given the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited and oil merchants a 48-hour deadline to make Premium Motor Spirit known as petrol available for Nigerians
DSS Spokesman, Peter Afunanya issued the directive while briefing journalists at the headquarters of the secret police in Abuja after over three hours of a closed-door meeting with stakeholders in the petroleum sector.
He said failure to comply, the DSS will activate its operations across the country.
Afunanya claimed that the issue of fuel scarcity has grown to a point where it threatens national security.
According to him, the NNPC concurred during the meeting that there is a sufficient product to feed Nigerians both during and after the holiday season.
Today we held a meeting with NNPLC and other stakeholders in the downstream sector which include the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority, Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria, depot operators among others.
We were clear and told them enough is enough on the lingering fuel scarcity. We told them they should resolve the hurdles right away. Nigerians have the right to have access to petroleum products. We told them we would not continue to tolerate the scarcity.
You might be wondering what our business is on this issue. Don’t forget the Constitution charged us with the mandate of detecting and preventing any threat against our internal security.
“We are also empowered to investigate economic sabotage of concern to national security.
“The major takeaway from our deliberation is that there is sufficient fuel that would last us throughout the yuletide and beyond in the country despite all other issues raised.