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5 arrested over fuel price hike in Edo

By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN — MANAGERS of five petrol stations in Edo State, caught selling petrol above the official price of N65, have been arrested by the State Petroleum Monitoring Committee in Benin.

Chairman of the Committee, Lord Amen Osunde, gave the names of the affected petrol stations that were allegedly caught selling petrol between N100 and N120  to include Uwa Oil, Manoba Petrol, Sogbeb, Gtreatline and Jeff Oil at Egba Junction, along the Benin-Auchi highway.

Urging the public to insist on buying petrol for N65 per litre, Osunde advised petrol stations to avoid the hoar-ding of fuel as this could lead to unwanted loss of lives.

In a related development, the Chairman of the Committee has expressed dismay over the activities of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Benin Depot Management, and petroleum dealers for encouraging the diversion of petroleum products loaded from the depot.

He disclosed that during an unscheduled visit to the depot, his committee  discovered that the manage-ment of the depot now programmed much trucks to be loaded during week-ends, especially Saturdays.

He insisted that by the time it would get to their destinations, it would enter Sundays and most of the trucks would have been diverted.


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