More than 80 petrol filling stations have been shut in Delta State for selling above official price and hoarding.
The stations were sealed by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Warri Zonal Office, since fuel scarcity begun in December, 2017.
Mr. Antai Asuquo, the Warri Zonal Operations Controller, said yesterday in Warri that the filling stations were sealed in Warri, Ughelli, Sapele, Isoko and Asaba.
Asuquo, who led a group of surveillance team to Asaba, said that aside from selling above the government approved price of N145 per litre, and operators always absconded on sighting DPR officials.
“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 N145 per litre and those that abandoned their retail outlets on sighting our personnel.
“Today, we have been to many filling stations in Asaba; one actually abandoned his station and we sealed the facilities because they have an equivalent product of 30,000 litres.
“We will revisit the station to ensure that appropriate sanction is melted out on the owner.
“We also saw stations selling above the approved pump price; we compelled them to sell at the regulated pump price,” he said.
Asuquo advised petroleum marketers not to purchase fuel if they knew that they could not sell at the regulated price of N145 per litre.
“It is our intention to keep monitoring the products and price; we will also ensure that the products are not sold to the third party.
“Overtime, we have observed that some depots sell to third parties and they add their margin and that affects the ultimate price,” he said.
Asuquo, who said that the federal government was doing everything to ease the fuel problem, also advised marketers not to dispense fuel to people with jerry cans.