The Kwara State Command of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Friday distributed a total of 21,000 litres of petrol seized from black marketers and hawkers to members of the public free.
The State Commandant of the NSCDC, Mr Adeyinka Fasiu Ayinla, said the Anti-Vandalism Unit of the command seized the fuel on 23rd of December last year from black marketers at Sango, along Old Jebba Road, Ilorin.
He said the suspects nabbed in connection with the petrol had agreed to forfeit it.
The commandant informed that the distribution was done in conjunction with the state government as part of measures to address the lingering fuel crisis in the state, particularly within the Ilorin metropolis.
In her reaction, the Chairperson, State Task Force on Monitoring and Sales of Petroleum Products, Hajia Funmilayo Oniwa, said the state government was collaborating with security agencies in the state to curb the activities of black marketers of petrol.
Oniwa who is the state Commissioner for Commerce and Cooperatives, said the government constituted the task force team with a view to addressing and put a stop to the unwholesome practices of fuel marketers and their collaborators in the bud.
She listed those to benefit from the PMS as 60 taxi cab operators, 60 commercial motorcycle riders and as well as tricycle riders among others.
The state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Alhaji Mahmud Ajeigbe, said the state government was delighted that the NSCDC was enforcing its mandate in curtailing the unwholesome practices of black marketers and hawkers of fuel in the state.