By Adeola Badru
IBADAN — THE Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, in collaboration with the Oyo State Government have sealed off seven filling stations within Ibadan city owing to their refusal to sell petroleum products to members of the public.
The fuel stations were yesterday sealed by a Joint Task Force of DPR, Oyo State Government and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC.
The team had gone round the metropolis to enforce the N145 per litre pump price as well as check hoarding of the products.
DPR’s Deputy Controller, Oyo State Office, Mr Sadiq Ibrahim, told newsmen that the essence of the monitoring exercise was to check the hoarding of the product and hike in the price.
Ibrahim said: “Those fuel stations caught hoarding the product would be charged for hoarding, while those who are selling above pump price would also be sanctioned. This is because government has not increased pump price. What we have been able to do is to compel those hoarding to sell to the public at pump price and later seal them.”
Mr Abidemi Shiyanbade, Special Adviser on Community Relations to Governor Abiola Ajimobi said: “The governor has directed that the task force check for marketers hoarding the product and those selling it above the pump price.
“What we have discovered is that some of the have and not selling, while some are selling above pump prices in the night.”
The stations sealed were Kesbash Oil Nigeria Limited, SWORT Oil & Gas, Oduwoye Global Services Ltd, JOSFRAD International Venture, ROYLAB International Venture and BALEY Nigeria Limited.