Don’t supply fuel to bandits, DPR warns petrol stations

The Department of Petroleum Resources has warned that any filling station in Zamfara State caught supplying petroleum products to bandits would be ruthlessly dealt with.

The Controller, Gusau DPR Field office, Ango Haruna, gave the warning in Kaura-Namoda while on surveillance of filling stations in the area.

The caution to filling stations follows the interception of some black marketers conveying jerrycans loaded with petrol in Kaura-Namoda.

Our correspondent reports that the Ango Haruna sealed one Liquified Petroleum Gas Refilling Plant in Gusau over some infractions.

“ It is a tradition in Zamfara that some unpatriotic citizens always supply petroleum products to bandits in the bush, knowing very well that they are bandits,” he lamented.

“As you can see, we met four persons at a filling station conveying the product in Jerry cans going to nearby villages”

“Even though they told us that they are going to some villages where there is no filling station, we don’t believe them”

“We didn’t allow them to go with the products. We asked them to return the product to the station”

Haruna said he was warning filling station managers to desist from selling the product to those unpatriotic citizens stressing that if any of them is caught he/she will be sanctioned irrespective of his/her social status.

“We cannot seal the station now because we don’t want to create artificial fuel scarcity in this area, we learnt that it is the only station selling the product here in Kaura-Namoda today,” he said.

Speaking on the LPG Refilling Plant sealed by the department in Gusau, the controller said the plant was using expired gas cylinders and had no safety equipment.

“As you can see, all the gas cylinders in this plant are expired, the water system is not working, in fact, the plant manager cannot even present a copy of their licence.

“The environment of the plant is very bushy and if a customer mistakenly throws away a lit cigarette butt in this area, we won’t know what will happen”

“Therefore, we have to suspend their operations until they meet the minimum safety requirement,” he noted.

However, the Controller explained that the department would continue the inspection of all facilities selling cooking gas and others to ensure compliance with safety and other regulations.

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