By Prof. Molecule
BIGLAWNewsLine! told you about the announcement made by the Chief Executive Officer of Capital Oil, Ifeanyi Uba, that about 13 million litres of petrol would be made available to Nigerians to lessen the burden posed by the ongoing fuel scarcity. READ IT HERE.
But less than 24 hours after the announcement was made, the Ojodu Berger outlet of Capital Oil was already crawling with officials of the Nigerian Army.
The stern-looking soldiers literally took over the outlet, buying petroleum products in drums, after scaring away thousands of consumers.
Punch reports that the armed personnel came in the guise of maintaining peace and order, but they soon abandoned their primary responsibility for fuel racket. They shoved, maltreated and sent away those who were on queue to be attended to, thereby gaining access to have their drums loaded with fuel.
The unregistered white Isuzu truck they use for the ‘deal’ had visited the filling station for the fourth time.
The fourth truck was being loaded as of 8:50pm.
The vehicle, on each visit, left with at least 14 drums and dozens of gallons filled with fuel.
The helpless consumers, some of who slept at the filling station, suspected the soldiers were feeding the growing Lagos black market with the product.
The military officials who were fully dressed had taken over the only two pumps that dispensed the Premium Motor Spirit.
Those who protested the act were beaten and given scares on their bodies.
By 9pm on Monday, not more than a hundred cars left the station with fuel.
Besides the military, officials of the Nigeria Police Force and black market dealers took over the show while thousands of motorists who had crowded the place since 5am were abandoned.