It was double trouble for Oando Filling Station located along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Tuesday as operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command and the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) Taskforce raided the station.
The RRS which was monitoring petrol stations to ensure that filling stations in Lagos State do not create artificial scarcity or sell premium motor spirit (PMS), otherwise called petrol above the recommended pump price had raided the petrol station for allegedly selling petrol above pump price as well as selling in Jerry cans while ignoring motorists.
It was gathered that the RRS operatives caught the station and caught the station’s attendants selling fuel to people with Jerry can while car users lined up unattended to.
RRS sources informed that the petrol station was dispensing the fuel to the public at the rate of N180 per litre which was far-above the regulated pump price of N86.50k.
The RRS was still at the station when the DPR taskforce arrived and after inspection, confirmed that the station had over 5,000 litres inside its underground tanks.
It was also gathered that the manager had about 30 jerry cans, some of which were filled with petrol were kept inside inner offices at the time the RRS raided the station.
As a result, Mr. Rasaq Fakorede, the station’s manager and Ibrahim Adewale, the accountant, were both arrested for hoarding fuel meant to be sold to members of the public.
The manager of the filling station pleaded for pardoned and assured that “I will organise my boys to start selling the fuel to the vehicles on queue”.
One of the motorists, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said “we have been on queue since 4:00 a.m., this petrol station has refused to sell since that time. All they have been selling are jerry cans. Imagine them selling 25 litres at N7, 000.
“They are saboteur to the development of this country. Imagine, this is my third time of queuing for the fuel but at every time they never attended to those of us who came here with our cars.”
The Manager and the station’s head of account have been handed over to the Isheri Divisional Police Station for transfer to the Lagos State Police Command Headquarters in Ikeja.