Gov Zulum asks DPR to seal erring petrol stations

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The Governor of Borno, Babagana Zulum, called on the Department of Petroleum Resources to seal up filling stations hoarding petroleum products.

This made the Governor storm some fueling stations in Maiduguri, the state capital, on Monday to assess the situation.

The artificial scarcity which had created long queues had been created in the state in the last three days.

Governor Zulum evaluated quantities of fuel available at some stations he visited.

He denounced unpatriotic marketers taking advantage of Coronavirus (COVID-19) preventive measures put in place by the government to hoard petroleum products in order to exploit buyers.

The governor compelled some fuel stations to revert to selling products at government fixed price of N125 per litre as against inflated rates they had forced on buyers.

Zulum, during his interactions with some of the marketers, frowned on their exploitative behaviour, informing them he would ensure they were punished by the DPR.

Speaking with journalists, the governor said, “We will partner the DPR. The affected stations will be appropriately sanctioned to serve as a deterrent.

“We noticed most of the stations either selling above the official N125 price per litre or hoarding the products for reasons best known to them.

Therefore, I want to appeal to the DPR that such stations be sealed.”

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