By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, Kaduna zonal office, yesterday suspended FARMSKAN Petroleum Nigeria Ltd, for three months, for offense bothering on under-dispense.
DPR also forced to dispense three petrol filling stations, including FARMSKAN, for hoarding and selling fuel far above pump price.
The three affected filling stations, located along Kaduna-Zaria highway, include Mamu Oil, Fasada Petroleum Company Nig Ltd and FARMSKAN Petroleum Company, respectively.
Speaking to journalists during the monitoring exercise involving combine teams of DPR officers and Security personnel in Zaria and Kaduna, Thursday, the DPR Zonal Controller Northwest, Isah Tafida, said a total of 17,700 litres of petroleum product was discovered hoarded in the three affected stations.
While 8,300 and 4,500 litres of petrol products were discovered in Mamu Oil and Fasada Filling Stations, respectively, about 7,400 litres of fuel was also uncovered at the FARMSKAN Petroleum Filling Station.
Tafida explained that, until Thursday, FARMSKAN was under seal, with 11,000 litres of fuel in its underground tanks, for hoarding and selling above normal pump price, but was later siphoned and reduced to 9,400 litres when checked.
The controller stated that they were monitoring the products based on directive from President Buhari, stressing that any filling station caught hoarding or selling above regulated price would be sanctioned severely.
Personalities in the monitoring team include Executive Director Services, KRPC, Abdullahi Idris, Kaduna State Commander, Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps, NSCDC, Manager PRO KRPC, among others.