Scores arrested for operating unlicensed petroleum facilities in Nairobi – PHOTOS
At least 99 people have been arrested for operating unlicensed petroleum storage facilities in Industrial Area, Nairobi.
In a statement on Friday, the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) said the suspects were arrested on Thursday during a raid in collaboration with the police that targeted 12 unlicensed premises.
The commission said the suspects will be charged with various offences including construction and operation of petroleum storage facilities without a permit.
They will also be booked for possession of adulterated and export-bound motor fuels.
A total of 62,350 litres of super petrol, 160,100 litres of diesel, and 159,200 litres of kerosene were recovered during the raid.
“All the 12 sites that were found to have contravened the regulations will be demolished,” ERC said.
The commission asked Kenyans to be cautious of the adverse effects of adulterated oil on the economy, public safety, vehicles, and air pollution.
They also urged motorists to turn to the commission should they experience jerking, excessive smoke from the exhaust, loss of engine power and engine stalls after fueling as well as obtain receipts or retain SMSs for mobile payment as evidence of purchase.