DPR warns marketers of sanctions against selling petrol above N125

* Deploys Seraphin can to measure petrol dispensed to curb fraudulent practices

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

Following the Federal Government of Nigeria’s recent downward review of petrol pump price from initial N145 to N125, and subsequent reports of non-compliance by several retail outlets across the country, Malam Aminu Sanusi, Acting Operations Controller of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), has cautioned filling stations against selling petrol above the approved N125 per litre for energy consumers.

It was learnt that Malam Sanusi stated this Monday, March 23 while briefing reporters shortly after a tour to four filling stations in the state capital to ensure total compliance.

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), especially in Katsina State, has threatened to sanction any filling station found selling the product above the government regulated price of N125.

According to the Acting DPR Controller, the agency uses the Seraphin can to measure petrol dispensed by filling stations who might want to engage in fraudulent activities.

The DPR boss explained that there are a lot of sanctions at his disposal to be meted out to defaulters.

There will be no sacred cow, Sanusi declared.

“Any defaulter, we have a lot of protocol of sanctions that we do to any defaulter. If we find out that you are still selling above the pump price, there are sanctions.

“Each pump that we find you are selling above the government regulated price, we are going to charge you N100, 000 per pump.

“So, if you have 10 pumps and they are all selling above pump price, you will have to pay N1million, depending on the number of pumps that we catch selling above the price,” he stated.

On surveillance, he noted that the DPR has been monitoring stations diligently, stressing that nobody will be allowed to surcharge the public.

Acknowledging that the state had since complied with the new Federal Government’s directive, he however, assured that no petroleum marketer would be allowed to violate it.

His warning comes five days after the Federal Government had approved the reduction of the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), from N145 with immediate effect.

The move for the reduction of fuel price is against the backdrop of the crash in crude oil prices globally.

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