NNPC, DPR intensify raid on illegal filling station operators

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In a bid to curb diversion of premium Motor Spirit (petrol) by unscrupulous marketers, the Joint Task Force on Fuel Distribution made up officials of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has intensified its clampdown on illegal filling stations known for receiving diverted products and selling same to motorists at cut-throat prices in Abuja and environs.

So far, between yesterday and today, seven of such stations along the Kubwa and Airport Road axes of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, have been clamped down with the petrol found in their storage tanks dispensed free of charge to motorists by the members of the Joint Task Force led by the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru.

Speaking during the raid on an unnamed filling station in Byazhini Community, Kubwa, a suburb of Abuja, which was caught red-handed selling petrol at N250 per litre, the GMD said such stations were being used to divert products meant for legal filling stations and warned all such illegal marketers to desist from being used to sabotage the efforts the government to make fuel available to all Nigerians at the approved price.

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