The Controller of Abuja zonal office of the DPR, Mr Aliyu Halidu, said that the hoarding and diversion of petroleum product is creating an artificial scarcity within the city and the environs.
One of the stations, Sunmart Filling Station is licensed to store only 34,000 litres of kerosene. However, the station had taken delivery of 24 trucks of various capacities, but which were not dispensed to the public.
At another station, the officials discovered a worse situation. The station does not have the facilities to receive and dispense kerosene, yet the management had received 11 trucks of various capacities ranging from 33,000 – 60,000 litres.
While sealing the stations, officials of the DPR explained that they decided to take these stringent measures to ensure that the petrol stations follow all the rules laid down by the regulatory body.
Mr Halidu warned petrol stations that the action of some petrol station is a violation of the petroleum laws and regulations governing procurement and distribution of petroleum products.
Although, sealing the stations is one option for the Department of Petroleum Resources, the DPR has promised to prosecute stations that are involved in the hoarding and diversion of petroleum products.