Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has sealed 33 filling stations in Rivers State for various offences, ranging from diversion, hoarding, over-pricing and under-dispensing of fuel.
Port Harcourt Zonal Operations Controller of DPR, Mrs Chioma Njoku made this known while addressing newsmen after a surveillance tour of filling stations in the state with men of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
According to her, men and officers of the NSCDC also assisted the DPR to impound about 4000 ‘jerry cans’ belonging to those allegedly selling Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) illegally on the roads.
Mrs Njoku said four trucks loaded with petrol were also arrested for product diversion, adding that those behind the sharp practice would be handed over to the appropriate authority for necessary action.
“This exercise has been ongoing in the last two days. We visited 231 filling stations in all. Some filling station owners shut down their stations when they heard we were around.
“We had to seal up 33 of the stations with products that were shut down because they heard DPR was there,” she said.
Mrs Njoku appealed to consumers who want to buy little quantity of fuel for house use to identify themselves properly at filling stations before they could be attended to.
She also enjoined those selling petrol illegally in ‘jerry cans’ to motorists to desist from doing so, saying it was a dangerous act.