30 filling stations were sealed in Sokoto and Kebbi States between January and November by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) over various offences.
Announcing this in Sokoto on Saturday, at the 2013 annual petroleum products marketers’ meeting, DPR’s Zonal Operations Controller in charge of Sokoto and Kebbi States, Alhaji Umar Moriki 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.
He 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 marketer.”
Moriki therefore 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.