The Anti-Fuel Smuggling Task Force and the Upper West Regional Police Command has so far seized large quantities of petroleum products that were being smuggled.
On February 12, the Task Force impounded 23 litres of diesel, 35 gallons of petrol and five drums of diesel and 202.50 litres of petrol and 112.50 litres of diesel on February 13.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Kofi Danso Adei Akyeampong, Regional Police Commander made this known at a press conference in Wa on Wednesday to officially announce the establishment of the Task Force.
The body comprised personnel from the Ghana Police Service, Ghana Armed Forces, Customs Division of Ghana Revenue Authority and Ghana Immigration Service.
Dubbed: “Operation Hunter”, the Anti-Fuel smuggling Task Force would operate in Western, Brong-Ahafo, Volta and Upper East Regions which share borders with neighbouring countries.
DCOP Akyeampong stated that the formation of the Task Force was necessary due to the increase in fuel smuggling by some greedy persons in the society.
According to him the formation of the Task Force was in response to a directive by the Deputy National Security Co-ordinator.
Under the directive fuel filling stations are not to sell petroleum products in containers while the stations caught conniving to smuggle petroleum products would to be prosecuted, have their licenses withdrawn and closed down.