By Chineme Okafor in Abuja
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has said that between December 2017 and February 2018, about 162 trucks containing eight million litres of petrol supplied by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) as intervention products were diverted from their original destination service stations across Nigeria.
The DPR stated shortly after all its controllers met with its Director, Mr. Mordecai Ladan, in Abuja on the current petrol scarcity experienced in cities across the country, that its Special Intelligence Unit (SPU) created to monitor the situation made this discovery.
Speaking to journalists after the meeting, DPR’s Public Relations Officer for its Abuja office, Mr. Mohammed Saidu, stated that the SPU discovered that most of the volumes of petrol were diverted from the Kano depot of the NNPC.
According to him, one petroleum products marketer, A.Y Maikifi, alone diverted 115 trucks between December 2017 and January 2018.
He explained that the marketer has been fined N1.2 billion for such infraction, while the DPR has realised about N12 million from the gradual payments of its fine to other culpable marketers.