The Department of Petroleum Resources,DPR, in Kano state, north western Nigeria, on Friday said it had sealed 15 filling stations which were selling petrol above the official pump price of 86.50 naira per liter.
The downstream regulator also fined another station N1.3 million for illegally removing the seal sticker it placed after it was found to be selling above the official pump price.
The operations comptroller in charge of Kano and Jigawa states, Isa Tafida at a media briefing after a monitoring exercise said “the on-going task force on surveillance of filling stations in Kano and Jigawa has yielded tremendous results.”
He stressed that service stations have been compelled to sell petroleum products and diesel at the government approved price.
“There was one filling station that was selling at N170 per liter but as soon as we got the information, our team rushed there and sold the fuel to the people at the government approved rate of 86.50 kobo.
The other one had over 60,000 liters of PMS when we sealed it for selling above the pump price, However, later in the night , they went and removed the seal sticker and started selling to the public again at a price above the pump price. So we got them and charged them N1.3 million as against 100 thousand naira, which they have paid,” explained Tafida.
According to him, during the exercise, the defaulters were sanctioned.In the past two weeks, a total of 15 stations have been closed , sanctioned and fined for various offences.
“Filling station offenders are now being charged per the number of pumps at the disposal as against the earlier envelope one hundred thousand naira no matter the offence,” stated Tafida.
He warned that the DPR was determined to sanction offenders caught in sharp practices.
“As we anticipate more fuel as announced by the federal government, we remain resolute to monitor continuousl,y without break, the distribution chain to stop sharp practices by marketers,” cautioned the comptroller.
He claimed that the current scarcity was as a result of the refusal by marketers to import their fuel quota because of the lack of foreign exchange and its increasing price.
This, he said, had made the Nigerian National Petroleum Company, NNPC, become the sole supplier at 100 percent.
He said there would be continuous collaboration with the Police and the Department of State Security Services.