The Department of Petroleum Resources, Eket, Akwa Ibom, said it sealed 41 filling stations for selling petrol above the government approved N87 pump price per litre in the state.
Asuquo Antai, DPR’s Controller, Operations, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Eket, headquarters of Eket Local Government Area of the state.
Antai said the department also forced 21 filling stations to correct their adjusted pumps that were under-dispensing the product or selling for N100 per litre.
He also said some filling stations were sealed for operating without the DPR licences, diversion of fuel in the state and selling DPK above government approved pump price.
According to him, out of 76 filling stations visited, 21 agreed to immediately correct their meters from N100 per litre to N87 per litre under DPR supervision.
“About 14 filling stations were selling appropriately at N87 per litre while 41 stations were sealed for selling above the government approved pump price of N87 per litre,” Antai said.
He said those sealed included Honeywell, Eubinis Petroleum, Ecoba Nigeria Limited, E. Okon, Union Oil and Gas limited, Animac Multi-Service Limited and Ezikco Venture Limited.
He said some defaulters had already paid fines of N100 000 to the department in addition to writing a letter of undertaking that they would not default again.