The Controller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Ali Ahmed, on Tuesday says that Nigeria sells petrol to neighbouring countries at cheaper rate compared to the market price of the product.
He made this known when he appeared before the budget defence committee of the house of representatives.
Ali alleged that some fuel stations situated around the borders were diverting petrol to other countries and selling at exorbitant prices.
“They get approval to discharge the product legitimately in the day but at night, siphon it out. This has been going on for a long time,” he said.
“Now, we have restricted supply to 20km before the border. Let’s monitor the outflow. We want to know where the outflow is coming from.
“Petrol is sold at N395/litre but they buy from Nigeria at less than N145/litre.
“With this border closure, it has jumped to N600/litre. Meaning, we are the one subsidising petrol for neighbouring countries. So, marketers are making a kill. It’s attractive to take petrol out and sell there,” he added.
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