By Yetunde Bada
The DPR operations process power crew, led by its Abuja Zonal Controller, Alhaji Abba Misau, additionally arrested the proprietor of the station.
Misau, whereas addressing newsmen after the train, mentioned that the un-named station was working illegally and promoting above the authorised N145 cap.
”’We got here right here primarily based on intelligence gathering that there’s an unlawful station that sells above the pump value and on reaching right here we found that the proprietor was promoting at N210.
”We go searching, we requested of their licence however they don’t have. When I seemed round, I noticed that it’s located in an unapproved web site. It is within the midst of a group and a station will not be imagined to be sited there.
”’They should reply to a case of being an unlawful station and one other case for them to reply to is promoting above pump value. Since we don’t know of their existence, we now have to start out allotting free.
”We don’t have their file. We found that the storage tank has 14,400 liters.
”However, no sooner had we began allotting that one of many employees went and disconnected the sunshine whereas the machine was on.
”We will make sure that the safety round right here is beefed up and cordon off the station till the train is accomplished,” Misau mentioned.
The Zonal Controller blamed the resurgence of gasoline queues within the FCT on the instability of merchandise provide to Abuja and its environs.
”We have been given assurance by the PPMC that the merchandise provide might be secure.
”We will hand the unlawful station over to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for prosecution and discover out from the Abuja Development Control if they’ve any approval for the location, in any other case, it ought to be demolished.
”Even if it has approval, we’ll advise that or not it’s revoked for security of lives,” he mentioned.
One of the motorists, who benefited from the largese, recommended the DPR for the train, saying it could function a deterrent to others.
”The proprietor had been promoting above pump value since December,” the motorist instructed newsmen.
The proprietor of the gasoline station, Danladi Eya, mentioned he purchased the gasoline from a licensed marketer which he mentioned coated his operations.
He pleaded with the DPR for mercy, stressing that he took facility from the financial institution to embark on the enterprise when he couldn’t get job as a graduate.
”I’m a Nigerian; I have to survive; I’m a level holder and can’t steal so I ventured into the enterprise,” he mentioned.
The chief of anti-vandal squad NCDSC, Abuja, Ayinde Yusuf, mentioned the proprietor could be prosecuted in accordance with the legal guidelines of the land to function lesson to others. (NAN)