Sokoto - The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Sokoto State has warned members of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) against lifting suspicious products.
The Commandant, Muhammad Yusha'u, gave the warning at a meeting with IPMAN members in Sokoto on Monday.
He said the command was committed to fighting the menace of oil bunkering as some products emanated from oil thieves or illegal refineries.
"We are aware that there is a great concern about loss of revenue in the federation which is occasioned by what oil theft.
"And when you talk about oil theft, it concerns both the crude and refined petroleum products.
"The revenue which the nation gets from petroleum activities is almost 90 per cent.”
He said although there were no petroleum pipelines in the state, members of the association were important stakeholders in the sector.
"You have a great role to play in curbing the menace. Sensitise your members so that they don’t lifting products which might emanate from the oil thieves or illegal refineries.’’
The commandant explained that the meeting was designed to sensitise the oil marketers and seek their collaboration and cooperation with the corps in its efforts to rid the country of such losses.
"We will not take it lightly with any one conveying such products.
"We will make sure that he is brought to book and prosecuted in a competent court of law’’, Yusha’u stressed.
He told them that the command would continue to monitor their activities across.