Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, Eket Field office, has sealed 15 filling stations for diverting and selling petrol above government approved pump price of N145 per litre in Akwa Ibom.
The Operations controller of DPR in the state, Tamunoiminabo Kingsley-Sunday made this known during a surveillance operation by the DPR on Tuesday.
Kingsley-Sunday explained that petrol stations were sealed at Eket, Ikot Ekpene, Obot Akara and Uyo area, adding that many filling stations after getting the products from Calabar depot take the same to non-existing stations in remote areas.
The controller said that any filling station found guilty of diversion would pay a fine of N6 million to government or pay N200 per litre of the quantity of product loaded from the depot.
The DPR boss decried the practice where marketers move products to remote areas, and in stations that have been abandoned for a long time.
He, however, said that the DPR had already written to depot at Calabar to stop releasing products to non-existing and abandoned filling stations in the state, adding that the department had begun to rake stock of marketers without stations.
“We have challenged all filling stations in the state to produce evidence that they are in full operation within 48 hours, anyone that default will be blacklisted from the depot list,” he said.
He further warned depot owners not to sell petroleum products above ex-depot price to marketers in the state and appealed to marketers not to dispense petroleum products above government approved pump price to the public.
Kingsley-Sundaye said the department had also begun intensive monitoring of stations to ensure that they reversed their pumps to dispense petrol at N145 per litre.

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