Abuja- The Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) on Friday in Abuja said it would arrest roadside petrol sellers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Mr Joe Ukairo, the Head of Information and Outreach Programme, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), warned the perpetrators of the act to desist forthwith.
``AEPB has observed with dismay the act of selling petroleum products on the roadside by vendors popularly known as black marketers.
``This act is illegal, unpatriotic and capable of causing fire outbreaks, other environmental and social hazards, It is therefore, totally disallowed.
``The Board will henceforth arrest those involved in this act, confiscate their goods and prosecute them accordingly.
Ukairo assured that the board would monitor those petrol stations found to be directly or indirectly involved and would likely close down those stations as well as place appropriate fine upon them.
He said that the `Enforcement Squad’’ unit of the board would be deployed to all highways to contend with perpetrators so as to bring an end to such act.
He accused petrol owners of using vendors to exploit the public, while they make brisk business.