Five filling stations operating in Ilorin, Kwara state’s capital were on Tuesday March 16, sealed by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) for series of offences including over-pricing and under-dispensing.
Engineer Sule Yusuf, Controller, Ilorin field office of the DPR, said the affected filling stations were part of 35 filling stations monitored by officials of the agency across the metropolis.
“We observed that operators seem to be taking laws into their hands by selling over what government has allowed them to sell, especially, for Petrol.
”We’ve been going out to monitor before, and we’ll continue to do that.
“Today is just special because we’re out to monitor price, quality, quantity and pump efficiency.
“Two teams of the DPR officials went out this morning in different directions.
“We visited about 35 filling stations out of which two absconded and sealed. They know the consequences.”
The DPR Controller also said that the affected stations will ”only be reopened when they show remorse, pay sanction fees and comply.”
“About three stations were caught over-pricing. We’ve forced them to bring the price down to the allowable range and they’ve complied so that they don’t continue cheating the public.
”For now, there’s no increase in pump price, so they have to comply.
“If any station is selling above window range of N162 and N165 per litre, people should inform the authority.
“We’ll visit those stations and force them to comply in addition to sanction.
“Operators are advised to play the game according to rules to avoid being sanctioned.
“Yes, they are out to make profits but not at the detriment of majority of the public.”