The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), yesterday shut three filling stations in Ibeju Lekki and Epe in Lagos for hoarding fuel and selling above pump price.
Mr Igheghe Abel, the Chief Mechanical Engineer of the agency, who led the inspection team, said that two filling station were sealed in Epe while one was seal along Ibeju-Lekki Epe Road for dispensing the product at N170 per litre.
“In Epe, TAS Nigeria Limited, were hoarding over 12,000 litres of petrol as at the time we visited the station on the pretense that their generator was faulty.
“But we got information from motorists that they were selling at N170 per litre, when they got wind that DPR is around they stopped selling.
“We have summoned them to our office in Lagos to come and tell the management why they are hoarding and selling above the official price.
“At T.Tab Global Merchant in Epe, they pretended that they did not have the stock because nobody was around to answer us, but the motorists confirmed to us that they stopped selling because of our presence in the town.
“We have sealed the station as well, the dealer has been invited to our office,” he said.
But, the petrol attendants told journalists that they didn’t dispense fuel due to faulty generating sets.
Abel said that at NIPCO filling station at Kilometre 32, Ibeju-Lekki-Epe Road, the attendants sold petrol at N170 per litre when the team arrived the station which warranted it to be shut for cheating customers
The dealer of the station who identify himself as a monarch of a community said he bought the product from a third party depot at N165 per litre.