Jos - The Department of Petroleum
Resources (DPR) in Plateau has sealed 23 petrol stations for various offences
in the state.
The petrol stations were sealed on Thursday when officials of
the department monitored the operations of petrol stations.
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.
He explained that the offences the stations committed
included diversion of products, selling above the official price, hoarding and
''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.
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''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, inaddition to closing the station for
two months while the owner would be prosecuted.
He added that those sanctioned for selling above government
approved price shall pay a fine N100, 000 and the station closed for two
''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,'' he added.
Douglas urged motorists in Plateau to desist from
patronising illegal petrol stations and report any station selling above
government approved price to DPR.
He assured that the DPR would ensure that the stations
sealed remained as such and if found operating without regularising their
operation would face stiffer measures.