Petroleum monitoring: NNPC, DPR 57, 000 litres free to motorists
A team of officials from Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and security agents, on Thursday, dispensed 57,000 litres of petrol free to motorists.
The Managing Director, Nigerian Product Marketing Company (NPMC), Umar Ajiya, had on December 13, warned illegal profiteers to mend their ways or risk losing their products.
It was reported that the team, which was on its fifth day of monitoring, got more information from anonymous Nigerians and made good on its promise to give out petrol free from any filling station that sold above the N145 approved price.
The first station visited by the team on Thursday, was Mcmanakai Global Services, in Bassa, a village, near the Abuja airport, which had 39,000 litres of petrol, while the handlers of the second station absconded when they learnt of the presence of the team.
The team also visited a third petrol station also in Bassa, where it sealed Enesi Petroleum, because the facility was selling a mixture of petrol and kerosene to unsuspecting motorists.
It had 9,750 litres of petrol and 4,750 litres of kerosene.
Another unnamed filling station in Soka, in the Federal Capital Territory, which was selling at N240, had 18,000 litres of petrol that was dispensed free to motorists on queue.
At Mcmanakai petrol station, the NNPC Group Managing Director, Maikanti Baru, told newsmen that “DPR and Civil Defence identified this station on Wednesday as an illegal, unregistered station.
“The station has products and is selling above the 145 cap. DPR stopped the managers from selling at that rate on Wednesday, but the handlers resumed selling at N245 today (Thursday).
“So, the same punishment we meted out to other stations would be done here and elsewhere found to be doing same.
He assured that trucks of petrol coming into Abuja and other cities had been increased to ensure that with 24-hour operations, the queues had disappeared by weekend.