The Kano State Government has warned owners of filling stations hoarding petrol not to do so or face the wrath of the law.
The State Commissioner for Commerce, Industry, Cooperatives and Tourism, Dr Damburam Nuhu, gave the warning in a statement signed by the ministry's Public Relations Officer, Malam Aliyu Yusuf.
It said that the government had observed that some stations had decided not to sell fuel since Sunday, thereby creating panic buying among fuel consumers in the state.
It said that most of the stations had enough petrol to sell to the motorists and other consumers, yet they deliberately created the temporary scarcity.
The statement urged the people not to panic, adding that a monitoring team would commence inspection of the filling stations, and any station found hoarding the product would face the wrath of the law.
It directed all filling stations to continue with their normal operations.
The statement said the NNPC depot at Hotoro had confirmed that all the filling stations in the state had sufficient petrol to sell, adding that there was no reason to hoard the product.
"The depot further acknowledged that even during the weekend, no fewer than 53 petrol tankers were off-loaded across filling stations in the state," the statement said.