The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) on Thursday sealed two petrol stations for hoarding and divertion of 25 kerosene trucks.
The filling stations are Sunmart Progress Nigeria Limited, at Giri on Gwagwalada Road, Abuja and Ajifun Investment Nigeria Limited on Kaduna- Abuja Express Way, Suleja, Niger State.
The stations were sealed during a routine inspection and surveillance of petrol stations by the DPR led by Idris Mohammed, Manager, Downstream Monitoring Operation. Briefing newsmen at the end of the exercise, Mr Aliyu Halidu, Zonal Operations Controller, DPR Abuja, said Sunma filling station was sealed because it violated the rules of the sector.
The management of the station according to him packed 24 trucks of various capacities ranging from 33,000 to 60,000 litres at Giri station when the station does not have capacity to receive such high volume.
He alleged that the station lifted 15 trucks of kerosene within two weeks and discharged only two but diverted 13 without discharging any of them for further dispensing to the public as required by the petroleum Laws and Regulations.
Halidu said the storage capacity of the station was 34,000 litres of kerosene (DPK) against 684, 000 litres it received from the depot within the period.
The Controller said the action was a clear violation of petroleum Laws and Regulations governing procurement and distribution of petroleum products.
According to him the attempt to divert, hoard and profiteer was viewed by government as national sabotage as the station was only licenscd to store 34,000 litres of kerosene.
The controller said Ajfun filling station was sealed for lifting 12 trucks of kerosene within 12 days without discharging any of the trucks at the station for further dispensing to the public.
The station which has been deserted without any trace of activities or operations in recent time according to him was licenced to store 33,000 litres of kerosene as against 406,000 litres received within the period.
He said that the station had surface tanks and jerry cans scattered with generators and pumping machines for siphoning the product.
Halidu while noting with concern that the station did not even have dispensing facility for kerosene and yet kept collecting the product said serious sanctions would be taken against it.
“The two stations remained sealed until they are able to produce the missing trucks of kerosene, it is only then that their suspension would be lifted.
`We would ensure that those products are dispensed to the public at the approved price of 50 per litre until that is done they remained under suspension,” he said.Earlier, the Station Manager of the Sunma filling station, Mr John Akor, who did not deny the allegation said the station only had bulk purchase and not bulk sale license.
He said the product was purchased from private depot and not NNPC stressing that the station embarked on bulk sale to assist other stations that are in need of the products.
Mr Suleiman Hammad, the station Manager of Ajfun, could not explain what happened to the missing 12 trucks but directed the team to his boss who he said had gone to DPR office.
He said the pumping machines were being used to discharge and not siphoning.
When asked what the station does with the products as it did not have dispensing point for kerosene, he said his boss would be in a better position to explain.