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DPR shuts three stations over price hike in Lagos

By Balogun Alabi,

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), has sealed three filling stations situated in Ibeju-Lekki and Epe Local Government Area of Lagos State, for allegedly hoarding and selling fuel above Federal Government price of N145 per litre.

It was learnt that the two filling stations sold petroleum products to customers at N170 per litre, which was above approved pump price.

The department accused one of the filling stations, identified as TAS Nigeria Ltd in Epe area of the state, of hoarding over 12,000 litres of petrol as at time DPR personnel visited the station, adding that the marketer claimed that the reason for hoarding was that its power generator was faulty.

According to the agency, motorist had supplied information that the filling station sold at N170 per litre, adding that the marketer stopped selling when it heard that DPR officials were around.

However, the department’s chief mechanical engineer, Igheghe Abel, told journalists yesterday that the DPR had invited the station for questioning.

“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,” he said.

Abel stressed that the second filling station that was sealed, identified as T.Tab Global Merchant in Epe area of the state, pretended not to have enough product in its tank, adding that there was nobody to attend to the agency.

The agency added that motorists confirmed that it stopped selling because of DPR team’s presence, as they were scared that the filling station would be sealed.

“We have sealed the station as well, the dealer has been invited to our office,” he said.

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