The Bauchi office of the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) has intercepted 135,000 litres of diesel being diverted to an unlicensed fuel station.
Abdullahi Iliyasu, the Operations Controller of the agency in Bauchi State said on Tuesday that the culprits would be sanctioned.
He said the interception of the diesel was made possible through surveillance on the movement of petroleum products across the state.
He explained that the diesel was intercepted in three unregistered trucks, each conveying 45,000 litres.
“Those involved use fuel stations to discharge the diesel and later take them back into waiting trucks for distribution to illegal stations,’’ Iliyasu said.
He said the agency would take a sample of the diesel for laboratory analysis to determine its quality for proper documentation.
The agency sealed 35 fuel stations in Bauchi recently for flouting operational codes.