Efforts to ensure that marketers adhere to the approved retail price of petrol received a boost as the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) yesterday, sealed three filling stations in Ibeju Lekki and Epe in Lagos for hoarding fuel and selling above pump price.
Chief Mechanical Engineer of DPR, Mr Igheghe Abel, who led the inspection team said that two filling station were sealed in Epe while one was sealed along Ibeju-Lekki Epe Road.
Abel said the stations were sealed for hoard of products and selling petrol at ₦170 per litre which was above the official pump price.
“In Epe, TAS Nigeria Ltd, were hoarding over 12,000 litres of petrol as at the time we visited the station on the pretence that their generator was faulty.
“But we got information from motorists that they were selling at ₦170 per litre, when they got wind that DPR is around they stopped selling.
“We have summoned them to our office in Lagos to come and tell the management why they are hoarding and selling above the official price.
“At T.Tab Global Merchant in Epe, they pretended that they did not have the stock because nobody was around to answer us, but the motorists confirmed to us that the stopped selling because of our presence in the town.
“We have sealed the station as well, the dealer has been invited to our office,” he said.
Meanwhile, the petrol attendants at the two stations said that their generating sets were faulty that was the reasons why they were not sealing.
Abel said that at NIPCO filling station at Kilometre 32, Ibeju-Lekki-Epe Road, the attendants were selling petrol at ₦170 per litre when the team arrived the station.
He ordered that the station be sealed for selling above the official pump price.