Kano - The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) on Thursday sealed 42 filling stations in Kano for various offences.
The State’s Director of the DPR, Alhaji Isa Tafida, said 23 out of the number of stations sealed, were selling above the official pump price of N87 per litre for petrol and N50 per litre of kerosene.
"Four of the stations were sealed for hoarding the petroleum products to avoid selling at the normal price to consumers while the other five were sealed for diverting the products.
"The sealed stations will be sanctioned to pay a fine of N100, 000 each with serious note of warning.
"DPR’s monitoring teams will not relent in their operations to stabilise the price and availability of petrol in the state,’" he said.
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He, therefore, urged the media and the public to report any station found selling above the approved pump price or hoarding the products to DPR.
"Kano is a highly populated state with thousands of filling stations that we may not be able to monitor their activities at once.
"However, with the help of the media and general public, we will enforce compliance by marketers," he said.
Consumers of petroleum products in Kano have suffered scarcity and price increase on kerosene and petrol over the past few months.
Some filling stations sold a litre of petrol at N110 as against N87, while kerosene was sold for N160 as against the N50 approved by the government.
To avoid DPR's surveillance teams, some stations hoard the products or shut down claiming non-availability of the products only to sell to road side traders at higher price at night.