- The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has sealed 15 filling stations in Akwa Ibom state
- The filling stations are sealed for allegedly diverting petrol and selling above government-approved price of N145 per litre
- The DPR said that any filling station found guilty of diversion would henceforth pay a fine of N6 million or pay N200 per litre of the quantity of product loaded from the depot
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Eket field office, has sealed up 15 filling stations in Akwa Ibom state over alleged fraudulent activities including diversion of products and sales above the N145 government-approved price.
The Independent reports that Tamunoiminabo Kingsley-Sundaye, the operations controller of DPR, disclosed this in Eket on Tuesday, February 13, during surveillance operations in the state.
NAIJ.com gathered that Kingsley-Sundaye mentioned locations of the sealed filling stations across the state to include Eket, Ikot Ekpene, Obot Akara and Uyo.
He claimed that many filling stations, after getting the products from Calabar depot, take same to non-existing stations in remote areas.
The DPR boss said that any filling station found guilty of diversion would henceforth pay a fine of N6 million to government purse or pay N200 per litre of the quantity of product loaded from the depot.
He decried a situation where some marketers take their products to remote areas, where such stations had been abandoned for a long time.
NAIJ.com previously reported that the DPR sealed four filling stations in Anambra also for alleged diversion of fuel.
The operators of two other outlets were reprimanded for selling the product above the recommended pump price of N145, while the DPR officials forced five other stations to sell at the normal price.
The affected filling stations are located in Ogbunike, Onitsha, Nkpor, Obosi and Nnewi.
The filling stations reportedly sell fuel between N185 and N200 per litre in Awka, Nnewi and Onitsha.
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