The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has closed down a filling station, Mubhan Oil and Gas in Okene LGA of Kogi State for operating illegally without license.
This is just as the regulatory body has sealed about 14 other filling stations in Okene and its environs for under dispensing products to the unsuspecting members of the public.
DPR’s Head of Retail Outlet and Monitoring in the state, Mr Ibrahim Mijinyawa who led a surveillance team to the area on Thursday, expressed worry at the attitude of some marketers who take pleasure in shortchanging members of the public despite the availability of products.
One of the filling stations, Wallybag Investments was sealed for shortchanging members of the public by 1.84 litres in every 10 litres sold.
In the same vein, NIPCO filling station was sealed for shortchanging members of the public by 1.57 litres in every 10 litres sold to its customers.
According to Mr Mijinyawa, the filling stations sealed for inderdispensing would pay fine of 100,000 per pump to the government in addition to adjusting their pumps correctly before their stations can be unsealed.
He said that the station which was closed down would only be allowed to operate after regularising their papers with DPR, saying that the police in the area would keep eye on the station to ensure it doesn’t operate.
Mijinyawa who warned petroleum marketers against sharp practices, noted the DPR surveillance team would continue to move round the state to ensure products are dispensed to the public in the correct quantity and quality.