By Bashir Rabe Mani
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), said it had sealed a filling station in Illela, Sokoto State for allegedly selling petrol above the pump price of N145 per litre.
The Department’s Operations Controller in Sokoto, Mr Mohammed Makera, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sokoto on Saturday.
Makera said that, the axed station which belonged to an independent petroleum marketer was also fined N100, 000, per pump.
“The action was sequel to the raids we have sustained on both independent and major marketers’ filling stations in Sokoto and Kebbi states.
“In Kebbi alone, our officials had visited no fewer than 40 filling stations, and same was done in Sokoto,” he said.
Makera stated that, the department’s personnel would sustain their surveillance activities and raids to the filling stations in the bid to ensure that no unsuspecting motorist is cheated.
The controller vowed to ensure that motorists get value for their money, even as he advised them against panic buying during the yuletide.
”There are adequate supplies of all the petroleum products, so there is no need for panic buying,” Makera said.
It would be recalled that DPR sealed 19 filling stations early this month in Sokoto and Kebbi states for allegedly selling petrol above the pump price of N 145.
Eleven of the stations were in Sokoto State while eight were in Kebbi.
Eighteen of them were owned by independent marketers, while one was a major oil company.