Again, NNPC, DPR Dispense 57,000 Litres Free To Motorists In Abuja
In this period of scarcity, just blow a DPR whistle and enjoy free petrol.
So, Nigeria’s energy authorities are carrying out their threat to shut any filling station selling above approved pump price of 145-naira per litre.
Most of these has happened in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
A few filling stations which have been caught in the act had had their premises sealed and their products distributed for free to motorists before Christmas.
But the operation which is being carried out by officials from Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC and security agents continued their monitoring exercise on Thursday and ended up sealing a few more service stations.
Recall that Mr Umar Ajiya, who is the Managing Director, Nigerian Product Marketing Company, NPMC, also known as PPMC, had on December 13, warned illegal profiteers to desist or face dire consequences.
The first station to fall victim on Thursday was one Mcmanakai Global Services in Bassa, a village in Abuja airport, which had 39,000 litres of petrol, while the handlers of the second station absconded when they learnt of the presence of the team.
The team also visited a third petrol station also in Bassa, FCT, where it sealed Enesi Petroleum because the facility was selling a mixture of petrol and kerosene to unsuspecting motorists.
It had 9,750 litres of petrol and 4,750 litres of kerosene.
Another unnamed filling station in Soka, FCT, which was selling at N240, had 18,000 litres of petrol that was dispensed free to motorists on queue.
At Mcmanakai petrol station, the NNPC Group Managing Director, Maikanti Baru, told newsmen that “DPR and Civil Defence identified this station on Wednesday as an illegal, unregistered station.
“The station has products and is selling above the 145 cap. DPR stopped the managers from selling at that rate on Wednesday, but the handlers resumed selling at 245-naira today (Thursday).
“So, the same punishment we meted out to other stations would be done here and elsewhere found to be doing same,” Baru said.
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