Femi Falana, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has revealed that smuggling of Petrol in Nigeria has official backing.
Speaking on Wednesday, August 16, he recalled how he pleaded with the government for NNPC to build mega stations in neighbouring countries like Cameroon, Togo, Benin and Ghana.
“Sometimes these smugglers are accompanied by criminally minded security people. And now to stop this nefarious crime, I have pleaded with the government; let NNPC build mega stations in the neighboring countries, Cameroon, Togo, Benin up to Ghana.
“Once you do that, Nigeria will supply directly. I mean, if I take off in Lagos here going to Cotonou and you’re going to Ibadan, I’ll get to Cotonou before you. What is the problem? But because the business of smuggling is officially carried out.
“Last year, DPR said that our consumption rate is 38.2 million litres per day. A few months later, NNPC claimed that the figure had jumped to 102 million litres.
“The entire fuel consumed in the entire West African region is not up to that figure, it’s not up to 100 million litres. That is, from Dakar, Senegal to Nigeria.”