Nigerians have been warned by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to beware of fake and adulterated diesel in circulation.
The corporation raised the alarm in a statement in Abuja by its spokesperson, Kennie Obateru, following reports over the prevalence of low grade and contaminated diesel being sold at discounted prices in some parts of the country to unsuspecting customers.
Billy Okoye, the Managing Director NNPC Retail Limited, a subsidiary of the product’s distribution of the corporation, raised the alarm in a monitoring report issued in Abuja.
Okoye admonished motorists and other people relying on diesel for their businesses to be wary of the below standard products in circulation.
He, however, urged Nigerians to be aware of the dangers associated with the low grade and contaminated diesel.
Nigerians must beware of the dangers of using this contaminated product. It is harmful to machines and the environment.
The NNPC Retail Limited as a market leader considers it incumbent upon it to alert the general public on the existence of the harmful product in the market.
The official said the NNPC ”was still investigating to find out those behind the contaminated product.”
The NNPC Retail Limited deals only in premium, high-quality petroleum products in the interest of Nigerian motorists and other users. To be sure of the quality of products they buy, consumers should patronise NNPC stations nationwide.
Meanwhile, Okoye said that diesel, as a deregulated product, is also imported by other major and independent petroleum products marketers in the country.
The issue of adulterated petroleum products is not new to Nigerians.
Between 2010 and 2012, at the peak of the fuel subsidy regime in the country, petroleum products oozing awful odour were imported and distributed in the country by marketers who were desperate to justify their claims for subsidy payments.
In recent time, the proliferation of illegal refineries has increased the circulation of these adulterated products.