Petrol stations in Cross River State involved in the illegal practice of selling premium petroleum product above the recommended ₦145 per liter, have been sealed by the Department of Petroleum Services (DPR).
The exercise also involved the arrest of three suspects who were connected to the act. However, Naijauto.com gathered that the suspects were released shortly after signing an undertaking to abide by guidelines outlined by the regulatory body.
Operations Controller of the institution, Mr Philip Awolu, spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in the state capital Calabar, following a thorough surveillance executed by a team under the supervision of the Head of Operations Calabar, SirCham Musa-Mohammed.
According to the Controller, the sealed stations were guilty of defrauding the public by selling above the standard price. He emphasized that it was not in the power of any marketer to increase price of petroleum products for any reason.
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Vehicles hustling for fuel at a filling station
Highlighting the magnitude of the seal, Awolu revealed that unauthorized removal of the “seal order” was an offence, and offenders would be charged ₦1m fine. Speaking further, the DPR official condemned the behavior of marketers who were in business without valid licenses, stressing that they should obtain recommended licenses or be ready to face sanctions that would be meted out to them. He said:
“Our team visited a total of 82 filling stations, 30 were sealed and out of that number, 12 of them have paid the fine of N100,000 each.
“Any station that is selling above the pump price will be sealed and made to pay a fine. After paying the fine, such a station will be unsealed with a warning not to indulge in price hike again.
Awolu urged Nigerians to report any filling stations engaged in sharp practices to the DPR.
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