By Egufe Yafugborhi
WARRI—INDEPENDENT petroleum marketers, during a protest, yesterday, in Warri, Delta State, warned the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, to stop sealing their filling stations and arresting of their members or face violent resistance.
The marketers in their numbers, under the aegis of the Warri Depot chapter of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, forced their way into the Warri Zonal Office of DPR, accusing the department of turning blind eye to alleged sharp practices by PPMC and private depot owners who allegedly sell products to them above stipulated prices.
National Assistant Secretary, IPMAN, Mr. Augustine Erabor who led the protest, said: “We do not get fuel to buy at the N77/liter ex-depot price and find it difficult to sell at N86.”
The private depot owners sell to us and compel us to pay additional charges into a private account.”
Responding to the allegations, DPR’s Zonal Operations Comptroller, Gbenga Koku, said: “We did find overwhelming evidence to seal the said depot. We did seal it on Friday.”