The Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, Kano Field Office, said it had sanctioned eight filling stations in Kano for committing various offences.
The DPR Acting Operations Controller, Paul Jhezi, disclosed this to journalists after inspection of some filling stations in Kano metropolis on Wednesday.
He said some of the affected filling stations were sealed while others were fined depending on the gravity of the offence.
“Some of the filling stations were found selling the product above the approved government price while others were caught diverting the product.
He said the Department had so far inspected no fewer than 166 filling stations in the last three days as part of effort to ensure that distribution and sales at the filling stations complied with laid down regulations.
“The essence of the going round the filling stations is to ensure distribution is going on as well as selling of the product at the approved government price of N145 per litre,” he said.
He said the officers of the agency would continue to monitor the activities of the filling stations with a view to ensuring that they are selling the product to members of the public.
He warned that any marketer or filling station found diverting or selling above the approved price, would be sanctioned.
He, however, commended the NNPC depot Kano for increasing the number of trucks being supplied to Kano which he said had assisted greatly in checking the scarcity.
“The long queues of vehicles have since disappeared from the filling stations due to the increase in the number of trucks being given to Kano.
“We used to have between 20 trucks and 24 trucks daily but now, NNPC has increased it to between 39 trucks and 44 trucks daily,” Mr. Jhezi said.
A cross-section of motorists, who spoke to journalists at the filling stations visited, expressed appreciation over the improvement of supply to filling stations in the state.
They, however, called on DPR to extend the visits to filling stations outside the metropolis in order to ensure total compliance of the sales of the commodity.
Some of the filling stations visited include Ondo, AYM Shafa at Club Road, MRS, ConOil at Tarauni and AA Rano filling station along Audu Boko Way.