The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Imo State, on Friday, sealed six filling stations in Owerri and Ngor-Okpala for alleged over-pricing, under-dispensing and obstructing DPR officials’ activities.
According to Sun news online, South East Zonal Operations Controller, Mr. Peter Ije, who led the operation, said the action was to ensure compliance with the government regulated price of N145 per litre of petrol. In his interview with news men, he stated that:
Our duty is to ensure that the government regulated price of N145 is complied with by the marketers, however that is not always the case , so we routinely go round to check their activities.
“We also check to see if they are short-changing their buyers by under dispensing and then we ensure they adjust their meters properly after they must have paid the fines for their offences” Ije said.
He went on to say that, the sealed stations would pay a fine of N100,000 for each operational fuel dispenser at the time the station was sealed, while violation of the seal would attract a fine of N1,000,000.
He finally warned that, serial defaulters would be prosecuted and may have their licenses revoked or goods auctioned.
Source: Sun News