The controller, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) office in Niger, Alhaji Isa Jankara has stated that 13 filling stations have been closed down for selling above approved pump price.
This is coming as the scarcity of Petroleum products persist in all parts of the state with some black market filling stations selling PMS as higher as N350 per litre
Jankara stated at the weekend that the filling stations closed down were dispensing fuel at N205 to N250 per litre during inspection visit.
According to him, some of the stations were also involved in other form of sharp practices like hoarding the product, hence the DPR office in the state sanctioned the erring stations appropriately.
He said that the affected stations were required to pay fines ranging from N100,000 to N600,000 according to the numbers of pumps they were found using adding that that the sealed stations would have to pay the fines to the TSA account of DPR before their stations will be opened.
He therefore warned marketers to desist from selling above approved pump price or hoarding the product because the department will not relent in fishing out those involved in such acts.
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