The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), on Tuesday sealed up seven petroleum stations in Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State capital, for engaging in sharp practices.
Briefing newsmen on the development in Kebbi, Alhaji Usman Moriki, DPR Field Controller in charge of Sokoto and Kebbi States, disclosed that operators of the affected petrol stations sold the product above the official pump price of N87 per litre.
Moriki alleged that the petrol stations were engaged in short changing customers through manipulation of the meters and selling products above the approved government price of N87 per litre.
According to him, DPR discovered that some of the stations were selling petroleum at between N100 and N105 against the official rate.
Moriki stressed that the department wiould not relent in ensuring strict compliance with the government approved price of petroleum products.
He said: “The department will not relent in sealing off and sanctioning stations of independent marketers who violate the rules of dispensing petrol at the official rate.
“We also discovered that most of the stations refused to install safety equipment such as fire extinguishers and buckets filled with sand in their filling stations. Those affected will pay N100,000 fine each before we allow them to operate.’’
The DPR field Controller commended operators of filling stations who are dispensing fuel at the official rate.