The The Department of State Services has uncovered fears of post-election violence in the North.
The Service said its investigation revealed that the current petrol scarcity in the Northern part of the country was premised on this fear.
This is contained in a statement issued by the spokesperson of the DSS, Marilyn Ogar, on Thursday in Abuja.
Ogar explained that the situation was as a result of fear by the National Association of Transport Owners that they might be caught in “likely election violence as was witnessed in 2011.
“This Service has observed lately the build-up of queues at petrol stations.
“Investigation has revealed that trucks that would hitherto have loaded products from the South for distribution in the North are reluctant to do so.”
Ogar said government recognised that NARTO and such other unions provide essential services and as such adequate security arrangements had been put in place to guarantee the safety of their members.
She added in the statement: “Consequently, Brigade Commanders, Police Commissioners and State Directors of the DSS have been directed by the Chief of Army Staff, the IGP and the DGSS, respectively, to provide adequate security.”
She said that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation had assured that there was adequate petrol to meet demand before, during and after the elections.
Ogar said: “Therefore, we want to urge the public not to resort to panic buying and hoarding.
“Once more, we want to reassure NARTO and indeed all Nigerians of the security and safety of their lives and property.”