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Lockdown: NNPC urges Nigerians not to panic-buy petrol

Ademola Adeshina

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has advised Nigerians not to engage in panic buying of petroleum products, noting that it holds over 2.6 billion litres of petrol, which, it said, was enough to last through the period of the lockdown and beyond on account of the rampaging Coronavirus pandemic.

NNPC Group General Manager, Public Affairs Division, Kennie Obateru, therefore, appealed to law enforcement agencies across the country to allow free movement of petroleum products by tanker drivers during the lockdown ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun states.

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Obateru, in a statement signed, on Tuesday, said the exemption granted by President Buhari to certain categories of essential workers covers the operations of petroleum products tanker drivers.

“The Federal Government counts on the support of the law enforcement agencies across the country to ensure smooth distribution of petroleum products across the nook and cranny of the country during the period of the restriction,” he said.