DPR official sealing a filling station. Image credit: NAN

Forty filling stations have been sealed in Nasarawa State by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) from January to date due to under-delivery, diversion of product, lack of safety and other related offences.

DPR Operation Comptroller in Lafia, Abdulrahaman Muhammad-Bima, disclosed this to journalists in Lafia on Monday.

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According to him, “The affected filling stations, which included major and independent petroleum marketers, cut across the 13 Local Government Areas of Nasarawa State.”

The comptroller explained that the affected stations were fined and were unsealed after the payment to the Federal Government.

He said that the erring stations were punished for breaching the laws guiding their operations, adding that DPR would not compromise the set standard for filling stations operation.

Meanwhile, Muhammad-Bima disclosed that his office had also issued 15 licences for the operation of filling stations, while approvals were given for the construction of 20 stations across the state.

He also admonished motorists to steer clear of illegal filling stations, urging them to always patronise those selling unadulterated petroleum products.

He explained that there was always fuel at filling stations, therefore, there was no need to patronise black markets.

“If you buy fuel from filling stations and your car developed any problem or fault from it you can go to that filling station and report, unlike if you buy from roadside unregistered market,” he said.