The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Imo State has sealed some fillings stations in Owerri for under-dispensing and cheating the public with their fuel pump meters.
The DPR made the closure during a routine inspection in Imo State’s capital in southeast Nigeria.
The agency cautioned independent petroleum marketers against taking advantage of the present fuel situation to extort the general public.
A trip around Owerri, the Imo State capital showed that petrol was available in most of the fuel service stations but they sell as high as 160 or 180 Naira per litre.
However, the NNPC Mega Station sells at government approved price of 86:50 Naira per litre and it is the only fuel station that experienced long queue within the state capital.
The DPR Operations Manager in Imo State, Austin Chukwu, appealed to the general public to be patient with the Federal Government, assuring them that the fuel situation would fizzle out in a matter of days.
Meanwhile, the Assistant Controller of DPR, Kaduna Zone, Musa Tambawal, said that the agency had begun daily monitoring of petrol service stations across Kaduna State in order to ensure that they sell at the official pump price.
The DPR official made the statement when he led a monitoring team to seal five petrol stations in the Kaduna metropolis which were caught hoarding and selling petrol above the official pump price.
An online portal, OLX, says the kidnap of three children by an agent that the Orekoya family had met through the online portal was an ‘unfortunate situation’.
The three missing children were found on Wednesday in Lagos State where they were taken hostage.
In a statement made available to Channels Television’s correspondent, Shola Soyele, OLX said “it is an online classified site that brings buyers and sellers together to promote trade. The site takes steps to moderate and review all ads but does not participate in the negotiations between buyers and sellers as Transactions are performed directly between both parties”.
The country manager of OLX Nigeria, Lola Masha, who signed the statement, said the company had, in all its marketing campaign, continuously urged its users to take necessary precautionary checks when using the site.
OLX also urged its users to help kick out bad players by reporting any dubious activity or user on the site for immediate action.
The three missing children of the Orekoya family kidnapped by their nanny, have been found in Lagos State where they were taken hostage.
In an interview with Channels Television, police sources revealed that the kidnappers, faced by immense pressure the incident had generated, abandoned the children in Shasha area of Lagos State, Nigeria’s south-west region.
The children were immediately taken to an anonymous hospital for observation and are in the process of being re-united with their parents.
The police have urged the public to contact them before employing persons that would have access to their homes for adequate profiling.