The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Plateau, on Thursday, sealed 23 petrol stations for various offences such as the diversion of products, selling above the official price, hoarding and illegal operation.
The Operations Controller of the Department in Plateau, Mr Caesar Douglas, said the exercise was part of their statutory functions to ensure that Nigerians get petroleum products at government approved price.
Douglas said, “Today’s exercise is part of our statutory function that government employed us to do; it is our job to ensure that Nigerians get petroleum products at government approved price.
“We are also to monitor the distribution and sales of the products, and so, what we have done today was an attempt to ensure that we do not experience scarcity.
“In this operations, we have succeeded in sealing 23 petrol stations across Plateau.
“Eleven of them were sanctioned for selling against government price of N87 per litre, seven were sealed for operating illegally, four for diversion and one for hoarding the product,” he said.
The Controller explained that those caught hoarding the products would pay a fine of N2 million, in addition to closing the station for two months while the owner would be prosecuted, adding that those sanctioned for selling above government approved price shall pay a fine N100, 000 and the station closed for two months.
He said, “As for those we caught operating without license, we have sealed their stations and given them two weeks to come and regularise the process, hence if we get them operating, they will face the full wrath of the law.”
Also, the DPR sealed up six erring filling stations within Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, for violating similar offences.
This was revealed by the Operations Controller of DPR in Kwara State, Salvation Philips, who led inspection visits to some filling stations within Ilorin.
Philips noted that all the affected filling stations were suspended from operations for two months and slammed with a fine of two million naira.
Some of the stations fined for various offences were NIPCO Filling station, along Ajase-Ipo for under-delivering, Yemsonat Filling station, New Yidi Road, Alkad Filling station, Western Reservoir road, Rockfield Filling station, Fate Road and Sollant Filling station, Ita-Amo which was fined for diverting 22, 000 litres of kerosene.