The Department of Petroleum Resources ( DPR) sealed 30 filling
stations in Sokoto and Kebbi States between January and November
because of various offences.
The DPR's Zonal Operations Controller in charge of Sokoto and Kebbi
States, Alhaji Umar Moriki, announced this on Saturday in Sokoto at
the 2013 annual petroleum products marketers' meeting.
He listed the offences to include under-delivery, selling above
government-approved pump price and dilapidation of structures.
Moriki added that the affected filling stations cut across independent
and major marketers.
The controller further announced that the department had uncovered 30
illegal filling stations in the two states.
"Some of them have been completed while others are still ongoing.
"Twenty of them are in Kebbi State while the remaining 10 are located
in Sokoto State," he said.
He said, however, that: "The department is taking serious steps
towards addressing this ugly trend and will reprimand any defaulting
Moriki warned the owners of petroleum stations in the two states
against condoning cheating by pump attendants.
"Reports reaching us indicate that pump attendants are in the habit of
surcharging the public.
" This trend has become rampant now. Owners of filling stations are
hereby warned to call their employees to order.
" Otherwise, we will assume that the owners are actively involved in
this malpractice," he said.