Motorist queue to buy fuel following a discovery of contaminated fuel in supply in filling stations across the country, especially in Lagos Nigeria’s commercial hub on February 9, 2022. – Fuel queues has emerged in Nigeria’s major cities blamed on unsafe quantity of methanol in petrol imported into the country and resulting in traffic gridlock in different parts of the state as people engage in panic buying of petrol to stockpile the product. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)
Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has alerted Nigerians of adulterated engine oil in circulation and has agreed to work with the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to tame the perpetrators.
The state chairman of Engine Lubricant Dealers (ELD), a wing of NUPENG, Alhaji Hassan Bukar lamented the act he noted was not only rendering motorists incapacitated but also capable of exposing them and travellers to undue danger in the course of journeys.
Earlier, the state commandant of NSCDC, Waziri Goni explained that Umar was arrested last week in Tumfure in Akko local government while selling the fake product to a vigilant NSCDC staff.
“It was one of our staff who ran short of engine oil and needed to top it that approached him (Umar) it was when he saw that it was light that he smelled it and discovered that it smelt like kerosene,” Goni said.
“He then queried him. It was the query that alerted unsuspecting motorists who then drove off.”
Goni told journalists that his Command was ready to join NUPENG and other stakeholders to rid the state of bad elements in disguise.
Meanwhile, Umar admitted that he was working with one Habib Ibrahim based in Kano who has for over a year been supplying him the product.