By Peter Duru
MAKURDI â€” The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Makurdi has shut down 16 illegal filling stations in parts of Benue State just as a Makurdi court has summarily convicted three persons caught operating illegal filling stations.
Briefing newsmen on the successes recorded in a renewed clampdown on operators of illegal filling stations in the state, the Operations Controller of the DPR in Makurdi, Mr. Azebeokhai Anthony disclosed that the department, working in collaboration with the Police, has commenced a special operation to crack down on illegal petrol stations in Benue State.
According to him, the routine exercise took the team to Buruku, Kwande and Ushongo local government areas of the state where 16 stations discovered to be operating illegally without storage and sale license were shut down.
Azebeokhai, who hinted that the operation would take his men to the nooks and crannies of the state, emphasised that the team would not spare any illegal petrol station.