Arolat Petroleum in Oloomore, Abeokuta, a major petrol station in the Ogun state capital, Abeokuta, was on Tuesday sealed off by the government for selling petrol at N150 per litre, contrary to the approved pump price of N87.
A task force comprising officials of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry had visited the station, where they discovered attendants selling petrol above the approved price.
As at the time of filing this report, the fuel station manager had been whisked away for further questioning by the police.
The task force also visited Maan filling station in Ita-Eko where fuel was being sold at N120 per litre. The manager insisted that he had bought the product at a very high price.
However, when he failed to substantiate his claim with a bill of sale, he was given the options of either having his station sealed or reverting to the official pump price. He chose the latter.
Crystal and Fatgbems fuel stations were also made to revert to the official price as they were selling at N150 and N140 respectively.
At Ebenfem, Ita-Eko, which reportedly sold at N150 before the arrival of the task force, the attendants said they had exhausted the sellable fuel in stock. The management of the station was, however, made to measure the remaining fuel in stock to ascertain the claim.
PREMIUM TIMES observed that many of the stations, following the departure of the task force, almost immediately shut their doors against their customers.
The taskforce also visited other filling stations in the metropolis including Fatgbems, Isale Igbein, Mallo, Isale Ake and Crystal Station, Quarry road, where the attendants complied with the directive to sell the product to the public at the approved rate.
Meanwhile, some members of the public, who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES, commended the team for monitoring the sale of fuel. They said this step would go a long way in alleviating the suffering of the people.
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