The Nigerian government continues to fight tooth and nail to end an embarrassing fuel scarcity that disrupted year end holidays in the West Afrtican nation.

Part of these measures include shutting down petrol stations selling above government sanctioned petrol price of 145-naira per litre.

Several filling stations have been closed across the country as a result.

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In oil rich Delta State, the government agency in charge of enforcing the rules, the Department of Petroleum Resources, said it has sealed over 80 petrol stations since in December 2017.

Antai Asuquo, who is the Warri Zonal Operations Controller, said this when he spoke to newsmen on Wednesday in Warri shortly after a statewide monitoring of filling stations.

He said most of the filling stations sealed were in Warri, Ughelli, Sapele, Isoko and Asaba.

Asuquo, who led a surveillance team to Asaba, said that petrol stations were sealed for various offences ranging from selling above the government approved price of 145-naira per litre and absconding on sighting DPR officials.

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“DPR has sealed over 80 filling stations since the fuel scarcity began last month. Those we sealed are because they refused to dispense at the government approved price of 145-naira per litre and those that abandoned their retail outlets on sighting our personnel,” Asuquo said.

He then advised petroleum marketers not to purchase fuel if they knew that they could not sell at the regulated price of 145-naira per litre.

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