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DPR raids filling stations in Kaduna

28 February 2014, 15:29

Kaduna - The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has raided some filling stations in Kaduna in a bid to detect those hoarding fuel amidst long queues in the city.

The DPR inspection team undertook random sampling of some filling stations as most stations continue to witness long queues that have persisted for a week.

The Director, DPR, George Osahon said `` we are here to ensure that the fuel that is sold is sold at the correct price and also to make sure that there is no reason for anybody to divert fuel.

“We know where every fuel goes, where the consignment is supposed to go and when it was delivered.''

On fuel scarcity, the DPR boss said it was a result of panic buying.

He said the department would continue to inspect individual pumps at filling stations ``to see whether it is delivering the right amount and any pump culpable will be sealed''.

According to him, the DPR will soon install electronic monitors which will enable them appraise filling stations without having to go round on inspection.

"It is not okay for us to be going round like this; there is a technology for all this and it will be deployed at the right time.

"As long as operators of filling stations don't play any tricks things will work smoothly.''

In one of the filling stations, the officials discovered that two trucks of fuel meant for the station had not been delivered.

Osahon promised to investigate the matter, warning that anyone caught involved in diverting the commodity would be punished.

-    NAN

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