Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has described the 48-hour ultimatum given by the Department of State Services to the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited to end the lingering fuel scarcity in the country, as an empty threat.
Falana said this on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme on Friday.
The PUNCH had reported on Thursday night that the DSS through its spokesperson, Peter Afunanya, said they held a closed door meeting with NNPCL and other stakeholders in the downstream sector who have agreed to end the scarcity.
Afunanya also said all DSS commands had been placed on red alert and would commence operations to bring defaulters to book, adding that the service summoned the meeting and subsequently issued the ultimatum based on its mandate of detecting and preventing threats against the internal security of the country.
However, Falana in his interview said the DSS wouldn’t do anything to anybody cause they “know the people behind the scarcity.”
He added that similar threats have been made by the Federal Government in the past without anyone being arrested or prosecuted.
“(As) you know, every year, at the end of the year – once it is Christmas – there must be artificial supply of fuel,” he said. “The ultimatum will not work because there is no sanction for impunity in Nigeria.