The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Kaduna Zonal Office, have reportedly shut down eight petrol stations for selling above N87 per litre pump price, and allegedly adjusting their pump to deceive unsuspecting customers.
Defaulting stations sealed are Tonsjos Service Station, Kachia road, Al-Mudeco Service station, Nnamdi Azikiwe Bye-pass, Mobil Service Station and Shema Petroleum among others.
DPR’s Zonal Head of Engineering and Standards, Mr. Yahaya Maishera, said the petrol stations were caught in the illegal act during a routine monitoring of service stations within the metropolis, and would remain closed.
He stated that the owners would pay a fine of N100,000, and would sign an undertaking not to flout the rules of the agency again.
He noted that the agency had put in place measures to ensure that depot owners and marketers would sell products at a rate that would enable the marketers to sell at official pump price of N87 per litre of petrol.
With the resumption of production at Kaduna refinery, residents of Kaduna now buy petrol at official price.
According to the agency, no fewer than 100 trucks of petrol owned by different independent marketers had loaded from the Kaduna refinery for onward delivery to the states within the northern region.
He warned petroleum marketers against diversion of fuel and other petroleum products.
It will be recalled that on Tuesday, the DPR in Calabar and Eket zone, also shut down FINEFIELD Petroleum in Calabar over an alleged selling of petroleum products above the depot price of N77.66.