Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) on Thursday sealed two filling stations at Nsukka Enugu State for selling fuel above the N86.50k government approved price.
The sealed stations were Fidson Nig ltd located at Nsukka /Orba road and Emmavis Oil located at Obollo-Makurdi express road.
Speaking with journalists shortly after the enforcement, a DPR official from Enugu Zonal Office, Mr. Christopher Nnadede who led the operation, said the aim of the exercise was to ensure that petrol marketers in the area comply with government official pump price of N86.50k.
Nnadede said the DPR wants to ensure that motorists were not exploited by petrol marketers in the area any longer, adding that any station that sells above the government approved price would be sealed.
“This will be a regular exercise as we are going to be monitoring stations in the area to ensure that they did not sell above government approved price.
Nnadede said the sealed stations were Fidson Nig ltd located at Nsukka /Orba road in Nsukka for selling a liter at N200 and refusing to revert to N86.50k, and Emmavis Oil located on Obollo-Makurdi expressway where the attendants quickly closed the station and ran away when they sighted DPR officials.
“These stations will remain sealed until the owners come to the office to explain their actions and possibly pay the stipulated fines for their offence,” the DPR official said.
However, the story was different at IMMAVHIS Oil at Enugu road Nsukka, Tycoon filling station at beach junction Nsukka, Mekilo Nigeria Ltd at orba road Nsukka and Obiebere Chukwu Nig Ltd at Obollo-Eke road in Obollo-Afor where the stations that were selling a liter N210, complied to DPR directives by reverting to government official price of N86.50k.
Officials of DPR stayed at least 45 minutes in each of these stations to monitor the selling of petrol to the public at the government approved price amidst jubilations and smiles by motorists, motorcycle and tricycle operators.