The Department of Petroleum Resources on Friday sealed 96 petrol stations in Kano and Jigawa states for selling Premium Motor Spirit above the official pump price of N145 per litre.
The petrol stations were also sealed for committing other offences, which include diversion, hoarding, under-delivery of products, usage of faulty pumps, as well as perpetual violation of seal order.
The Operations Comptroller in charge of Kano and Jigawa, Buba Abubakar, said six out of the 96 affected stations, would be shut for six months while a fine of N1m has also been imposed on each of them.
He said, “Most of the filling stations have paid their fines, which is N270 per litre of fuel multiplied by the quantity of fuel for which the filling station is found wanting.”
According to Abubakar, the operations were carried out by DPR surveillance teams involving the Department of State Services and other sister agencies.
He said the 96 stations were shut between December 2017 and February 13, 2018.
However, Abubakar lamented that Kano and Jigawa states were currently being under-supplied with petroleum products as they only had about 30 and 20 per cent of their daily needs respectively.
He said, “Kano for example needs about 87 trucks of 33,000 liters per day but currently we are only getting between 30 per cent while Jigawa is getting only 20 per cent of its daily need.”