Written by Godfrey AKON

NNPC, DPR clamp down on Kubwa fuel station

A combined team of officials from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, and the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, has clamped down on an errant fuel station in Kubwa.

The Corporation said in a statement that its Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru, ordered an immediate dispensing of petroleum products free to motorists when the team made unscheduled visits to the suspected filling station on Tuesday.

“The team clamped down on a notorious fuel outlet in Kubwa District of FCT as it was caught selling petrol at the rate of N250 per litre, a price well above the approved retail price of N145/litre.

“The NNPC GMD promptly ordered an on-the-spot dispensing of the remaining product in the storage tank free to motorists in conformity with extant sanction for such misdemeanour,” the statement noted. 

Baru assured that NNPC would continue to work with relevant stakeholders like the DPR and Civil Defence Corps to bring to a quick end the prevailing hardship in accessing petrol across the country.

He said based on a recent directive by the Presidency for security agencies to tighten the noose on smuggling of petroleum products, cross-border activities and diversion of products would be curtailed.

The team was accompanied by operatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC. 

Meanwhile, NNPC has announced the temporary suspension of products dispensing activities at its mega station along Lagos Road, in Port Harcourt due to a fire incident which occurred near the station.

 The fire resulted from a Toyota Camry car which exploded outside the station after product was dispensed into an extra in-built locally fabricated tank designed to siphoned fuel.

 Though the fire did not affect the station, the corporation noted that it was imperative to suspend operations to enable security agencies clear the resultant traffic situation at the scene.

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