By Yetunde Bada and Edith Ike-Eboh
A workforce of officers from Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and safety companies on Thursday disbursed 57,000 litres of petrol free to motorists in Abuja.
Mr Umar Ajiya, the Managing Director, Nigerian Product Marketing Company, NPMC, often known as PPMC, had on Dec. 13, warned petrol profiteers to desist or face shedding their merchandise.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reviews that the workforce, which was on its fifth day of monitoring, received extra data from nameless Nigerians and made good on its promise to provide out petrol free from any filling station that bought above the N145 permitted cap.
The first station visited by the workforce on Thursday was Mcmanakai Global Services in Bassa, a village in Abuja airport, which had 39,000 litres of petrol, whereas the handlers of the second station absconded once they learnt of the presence of the workforce.
The workforce additionally visited a 3rd petrol station additionally in Bassa, FCT, the place it sealed
Enesi Petroleum as a result of the ability was promoting a mix of petrol and kerosene to unsuspecting motorists.
It had 9,750 litres of petrol and four,750 litres of kerosene.
Another unidentified filling station in Soka, FCT, which was promoting at N240, had
18,000 litres of petrol that was disbursed free to motorists on queue.
At Mcmanakai petrol station, the NNPC Group Managing Director, Dr Maikanti Baru, advised newsmen that “DPR and Civil Defence recognized this station on Wednesday as an unlawful, unregistered station.
“The station has merchandise and is promoting above the 145 cap. DPR stopped the managers from promoting at that charge on Wednesday however the handlers resumed promoting at N245 as we speak (Thursday).
“So, the identical punishment we meted out to different stations can be carried out
right here and elsewhere discovered to be doing identical.
He assured that vans of petrol coming into Abuja and different cities had been elevated to make sure that with 24-hour operations, the queues disappeared by weekend.
The Abuja Zonal Operations Controller of DPR, Mr Mohammed Abba, advised newsmen, that “we acquired details about unlawful actions of petrol stations from good Samaritans, in any other case we might not know the existence of a few of these filling stations.
“We requested them to revert to N145 in order that the product can be accessible. We didn’t need to cease enterprise for handlers of those stations: we needed them to simply observe the foundations however they refused.
“We had no choice than to direct that product be given to the general public free and
we sanction the homeowners of the station and hand them over to Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for prosecution.
Abba mentioned DPR wouldn’t simply seal stations with merchandise in Abuja, relying on the gravity of the offence dedicated, however would ask the marketer to revert to permitted value besides when such entrepreneurs proved recalcitrant.
Mr Aminu Abdullahi, the Assistant Commandant-General, Operations, NSCDC, advised newsmen that the corps was educated to deal with the state of affairs.
He mentioned all suspects can be tried underneath the Petroleum Distribution and Sabotage Act and if discovered responsible, defaulters can be charged.
He added that “we now have confirmed the illegality of the varied operations and we’re going to take measures legally to prosecute suspects.
“Any oil marketer who refused to revert to the permitted value, our males are on floor to make sure compliance,’’ he mentioned.
A motorist who received 20 litres of the free petrol, Peter Umar, advised newsmen that “I’m glad. They (entrepreneurs) are dishonest authorities and dishonest us too. This is stealing.
“People who are supposed to travel cannot and they are blaming government for a situation that is caused by our fellow Nigerians.”
Hadi Bashir, a motorcyclist who additionally received 5 litres of the free product, advised NAN
that “I pray that Baba Buhari live longer in good health and prosperity because this is the first time this situation (getting free petrol) is happening to me.”
NAN reviews that on the three filling stations in Bassa and one in Soka, all in FCT, vehicles homeowners and motorcyclists shortly queued up once they learnt of the mission of the workforce.
The gas queues, which started on Dec. 7, had been but to abate. (NAN)