A DPR official sealing a filling station

By Victor Ernest

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) on Sunday said it has sealed 13 fuel stations in Akwa Ibom for selling petrol above the N145 per litre pump price.

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Bassey Nkanga, DPR Controller for Akwa Ibom and Cross River, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Eket that the stations sold petrol for N180 between Feb. 22 and 27.

Fines Paid

Nkanga said that some of the affected filling stations have paid the fines imposed on them but were still under seal because they were serial offenders.

According to him, the payment of the fines is not a guarantee that the regulatory body would unseal the dfilling stations.

”If you are a serial offender, we can decide to shut down your station for a while,” he said.

DPR warning

He warned petroleum product marketers in the state to desist from selling the product at odd hours, threatening that those involved would be sanctioned if caught.

The DPR official added that the department would continue monitoring filling stations to ensure that the products were sold at the approved pump price.

Nkanga said that the department was partnering with other government agencies to ensure that marketers do not shortchange the public.