About 26 illegal gas stations operating in Abuja have been shut down by the Department of Petroleum Resources, in a joint effort with the National Security and Civil Defence Corps. Following the shutdown, 22 persons running the facilities were arrested.
26 Illegal gas stations in Abuja was shut down by DPR
This is in line with the recent clampdown of the DPR and other sister agencies on Petrol, diesel and gas stations either selling petroleum products at above-mandated prices or tampering with dispensing equipment. Just days ago, 3 petrol stations in Kogi state faced the DPR hammer for cheating car users and other customers. Affected states so far include Gombe, Enugu, Kaduna, Kogi, the FCT, and Cross River. The two agencies closed the stations during a raid carried out to get rid of the illegitimate activities of gas operators in the Federal Capital Territory.
Information gathered by Naijauto says the illegal stations were all located in crowded commercial areas and close to sources of ignition.
DPR Abuja Zonal Operations Controller, Engr. Buba Abubakar stated that the 22 persons were arrested over the issuance of a license, citing that their stations don't comply with the safety requirements. He added that smokers where sighted around their facilities which isn't acceptable.
DPR shut the gas stations down for not having a license to operate
The operations controller said the arrested persons will be taken into NSCDC custody for prosecution. And the NSCDC Deputy Commandant in Abuja, Felix Ikwuegbu, noted that the suspects will be sued.
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The DPR is committed to making sure car users in Nigeria, as well as home gas users, continue to enjoy quality petroleum products at the regulated price in Nigeria.
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