By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Sokoto Operations Controller of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Mr Mohammed Makera, has disclosed that 19 filling stations in Kebbi and Sokoto States have been sealed.
He explained that the affected fuel stations were closed down for allegedly selling petrol above the pump price of N145 per litre approved by the Federal Government.
Addressing journalists in Sokoto on Tuesday, Mr Makera stated that 11 of the stations sealed were in Sokoto State while eight were in Kebbi State.
According to him, the affected the stations were allegedly selling petroleum between N148 and N150 per litre to consumers.
He said each of the locked filling stations have been fined N100,000 per pump and also placed on a two-week suspension.
Mr Makera noted that out of the 19 stations, 18 of them were owned by independent marketers, while one was a major oil company.
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