Despite the massive raids by the DPR during the recent yuletide period, some 5 petrol and cooking gas stations still fell into the trap of Kogi state DPR this last weekend and have been sealed off.
Kogi state DPR seals off 3 petrol stations and 2 cooking gas stations for cheating customers
The DPR team and men of the NSCDC were led by the Kogi state Operations Controller for DPR, Mr Idris Mohammad, during the raid leading to the discovery of two big filling stations scamming unsuspecting customers by using manipulated fuel pumps. These pumps dispense below the government approved quantity. The team also discovered that these filling stations were operating illegally without valid licenses as well.
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According to the Kogi state DPR reports; the team sealed off “Binmanda Integrated Global Services” filling station in Ajaokuta LGA and also ordered the immediate arrest of its Manager under allegations of defying DPR instructions to regularize his operations. Other stations that were sealed off during the raid include;
- AdukuObi Petroleum filling station (Manage – Usman Yahaya claimed to be ignorant of the manipulated pump meter)
- Always filling station at Phase 1 junction in Lokoja (sealed alongside its LPG gas station for non-compliance with regulations and also under dispensing)
One of the DPR officials among the raid team revealed to the press that a ₦100,000 penalty will be paid to the TSA Account of the agency for each pump that was sealed. While speaking with newsmen, the official said;
“The operator is not just operating illegally but he is also cheating the public. We asked him to go and regularise his operations but he refused and we have to seal the station.
“Of course, we had to bring in the Civil Defence Corps to enforce compliance with the rules and regulations as provided in the Petroleum Act.
“We are doing this because they are cheating the public and the procedure is that if you are caught cheating you must go and pay penalty,”
“We are not out to throw people out of business. All we are saying is do the right thing, follow the right procedure, particularly with the ongoing fight against corruption in the country,”
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