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Making Phone Calls at Petrol Stations a Criminal Offense – Police



Making Phone Calls at Petrol Stations a Criminal Offense - Police - BellaNaija

Police PRO Jimoh Moshood

The Nigeria Police Force has termed it a criminal offense to make phone calls at filling stations, Punch reports.

This was made public by the force’s Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, who said anyone violating the rules could be arrested.

According to Punch, Moshood described petrol stations as public spaces where, because of the inflammable petroleum products found therein, motorists ought to be careful.

Smoking and making phone calls at petrol stations are criminal offenses, he concluded. He said:

Making phone calls or smoking at filling stations is a criminal offence and the police, of course, could arrest anyone violating the safety rules put in place to safeguard life and property at the filling stations.


  1. Ada_ugo

    December 31, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    well, it’s for the public good.
    but as with all things, people don’t always know or choose to do the right thing, so the most effective way of getting them to do the right thing is by making it a criminal act. **shrugs**

  2. Wale Vintage

    December 31, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    He should refer us to where it says it in the law, abi?
    It is one thing to appeal to people not to do something for the good of the community and for public safety, it is another to just unilaterally make police laws anytime they want.

  3. Mrs chidukane

    December 31, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    So is driving against traffic yet you guys do it anyway. But hey, who is checking?

  4. Seriously

    December 31, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    I mean if it’s for safety reasons, that’s good. And Nigerians are difficult af. So what better way to make them listen.


    January 2, 2018 at 4:14 am

    As long as I live. I will not allow the Nigeria Police force to erode the Constitutional rights of my fellow Nigerians through their practice of unconstitutional Policing methods. Nigeria Police must not be allowed to manufacture/ create a new law where no such law exists in any State in the Country / or under the laws of the Federal republic of Nigeria period. Any arrest made by any police officer is illegal and unconstitution. And must be condemned by all. Therefore, I am urging you the management and staffs of Bellanaija to please cease and desist from helping the Nigeria Police force to dupe your fellow Nigerians into beliefing such illegal laws exist anywhere in Nigeria. Your job is to play neutral and to help educate fellow Nigerians when it comes to issues of this nature. Also It is the job of the Federal Ministry of information and Culture to buy adds inside our respective newspapers nationwide and the electronic media like yours to create awareness on the impending dangers of smoking / making or answering phone call at the petrol station is to all of us. I am very capable of shutting down your website if you choose to deny my opinion or opinion of others like mine again. For the Nigerian Police officers who have already criminalizes the very important issues such as this is a big shame to Nigeria. . We will not allow you to be on the side of the wrong. If Bellanaija wants to remain relevant in Nigeria. Do the right thing. The choice is yours. This is not a threat.. Nigeria belongs to all of us. A word is enough for the wise. I’m just saying.

  6. Tracy Edward

    January 3, 2018 at 12:19 am

    This person above “Ganny”. Stop this sort of statement okay because God Almighty is watching. Police is saying the righty thing. Change must start from you inoder to move Nigeria forward. God´s People are Praying all over Nigeria for a better Country, so if you want to make problem think Jesus is watching. Bellanaija is doing a fantastic Job, God bless them. Change must start from each Nigerians and Nigerians should stop complaning. God Bless Nigeria in Christ Jesus Amen. Jesus is Lord over ALL AMEN.


    January 3, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    The issue at hand is caused by static electricity which is a natural phenomenon. For some members of the Nigeria Police to have the audacity to criminalize something no one has no control over other than to be careful not to allow explosion to occur. Let me cite two examples under which explosion could occur without making or receiving a telephone calls at the Petrol station.
    1). If a person driving a pickup truck drove to the petrol station to buy petrol. Depending on the material the bed of the truck is made of . If care is not taken on how the driver moves the jerrycan while filling petrol inside the jerrycan static electricity could be discharged which may lead to explosion because of the presence of petrol fumes in the air. just like when someone making or answering a phone call may cause explosion. Then what will our educated illiterate Police officers do. Or whom will the arrest? Nigeria legislatures need to come together to put these bloody Police officers where they belongs.
    Secondly, depending on the type of clothes and the material the clothes is made from. If this person rubs on his or her clothes a certain way. Static electricity may occur which also might lead to an explosion. Because of petrol fumes present in the air at that moment. What will our police officers do.? All these draconian behavior of our bloody police officers must be checkmated by those in power. Immediately. Police officers do not have any power to manufacture any laws unless promulgated by members of the legislature. A word is enough for the wise. I’m just saying.a person buying petrol from the petrol station

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