DPR Arrest illegal Petrol marketers, seal 23 Stations in Plateau
By; BUHARI B. BELLO, Jos.
Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Jos, Plateau State has cracked down on some erring petrol marketers , shutting down at least 23 filling stations for various malpractices
In a Chart with News men in his office shortly after he led men on operation round Jos, the state controller of DPR, Chief Caesar Douglas explained that 16 out of the 23 stations that were sealed are duly licensed “but were involved in other various offenses”, while the other seven were sealed because they were not licensed to operate.
According to him, “it was the statutory duty of DPR to ensure that Nigerians get fuel at the correct price. That is why we have taken pains to comb all the local government areas in Plateau state to ensure strict compliance to the price, and to ensure that no one is hoarding the product.
“This yuletide season, some marketers are bent on making life difficult for commuters”, but he assured that his “men would work round the clock to ensure that such is nipped in the bud. If they are caught, their license would be revoked and they will pay N2 million fine”, he said
He said ten of the erring stations were caught selling above government regulated pump price and assured that the stations would remain shut for two months, and are charged N100,000 fine. The other categories of offenders, according to the Comptroller, are those involved in diversion of the products, and those operating without license.
“Operating without a license is a serious offence. For such, the facility will be closed and sealed with stickers. And if after two weeks they do not come to formalise registration, such may be permanently ban from operation.”
He called on the public to report any erring station to DPR. He also cautioned the public to desist from buying fuel in jerry-cans, as that could pose serious danger to them.