The Katsina State government has banned the sale of fuel in jerry cans in eight local government areas sharing borders with Kaduna and Zamfara States as part of efforts to curb the high rate of kidnapping and banditry in the state.
This was disclosed to newsmen in Katsina by the chairman of the state Standing Committee on Petroleum Products, Lawal Aliyu Daura shortly after an emergency meeting on the security situation affecting some part of the state.
To that effect, according to him, the state government has passed a resolution that petroleum products would no longer be sold in jerry cans in Jibia, Batsari, Safana, Danmusa, Dandume, Sabuwa, Faskari and Kankara local government areas.
Katsina Post gathered that the fuel bought in jerry cans may be serving as the lifeline for criminals operating from the forest cutting across Katsina and Zamfara States.
Daura, a former head of service in Katsina, said that the ban was necessitated by the increasing wave of criminal activities in the affected areas despite the efforts of the state government and security agencies in tackling the menace.
He, therefore, appealed to security agencies and traditional rulers to monitor and ensure strict compliance with the new guideline.
The members of the committee would also monitor compliance with the directive, he said and warned owners of filling stations in the areas to abide by the order as defaulters would be punished.