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Fuel marketers to pay N2.5bn fine for diverting over 9m litres

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Fuel marketers to pay N2.5bn fine for diverting over 9m litres

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has fined 20 marketers N2.5 billion for diverting over nine million litres of petrol.

The Director of DPR, Mr. Mordecai Ladan, said this on the sidelines of a meeting of zonal controllers from 28 states and all heads of division in Abuja.

Presenting the position of the meeting to newsmen, the DPR Head of Public Affairs Unit, Mr Saidu Bulama, explained that the marketers evaded detection because the products were intervention products meant for the market between December. 9, 2017 and February 3 this year. According to him, the intervention products were released to alleviate the acute scarcity currently being experienced around the country.

“The DPR has uncovered massive diversion of products. These were as a result of Special Intelligence Unit that we just created to intensify surveillance.

“These operatives go about to give us report; in fact, they work day and night. We received report that largely some of the diverted products do not appear on the manifest.

“About 162 trucks, slightly above nine million litres, have been discovered to be diverted within the month of January and February.

“This gives DPR a lot of concerns and that was why DPR gathered all the con trollers across the country to make sure they further strategised and given clear cut directives as to how they should go about uncovering these sharp practices.

“The products so far diverted were from Kano NNPC depot where one marketer diverted 115 trucks within a month and you could see that it was the peak of the crisis.

“One marketer through Kano depot was consigned 115 trucks, specifically meant for intervention and those trucks never got to any station because the station he claimed to be taking the truck was a non-existing station.

“Our intelligence unit visited there and discovered that the land was not even cleared let alone a filling station existing there,’’ Bulama said.

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