DPR Seals off Seven Filling Stations in Ibadan
The Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, has sealed off seven filling stations in Ibadan for selling Premium motor spirit, PMS, above the official pump price.
The filling stations were sealed during a monitoring exercise in Ibadan.
Out of sixty four filling stations visited in Ibadan, seven were sealed for noncompliance while others were cautioned against violating the agency’s regulations.
The exercise took most of the attendants of filling stations unaware as officials of the agency caught them red handed.
At Apata Omi- Adio axis of Ibadan, most filling stations were selling PMS, 170 per liter, and other shut their door to customers.
The officials measured liters of petrol with the official gauge to ascertain whether the commodity was being sold with the right measurement.
Speaking on the exercise, DPR, Controller, Ibadan Field Office, Mrs Comfort Ajayi said artificial scarcity in Ibadan for the past two weeks was as a result of anticipation that there would be increase on fuel pump price the dealers.
Mrs Ajayi however advised Nigerians against stocking the commodity to avoid fire outbreak.
Two officers of the affected filling stations expressed why they were selling with the wrong gauge.
Radio Nigeria correspondent Olukemi Akintunde who was part of the monitoring team observed that queue had disappeared in Ibadan as most filling stations were opened and selling at approved official pump price.
The Federal Government had last Friday refuted the increase in pump price and directed all marketers to revert to official pump price between 162 to 165 naira per liter