By, ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
A businesswoman,Tracy Shalokpe has urged the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR to shutdown FUTGA Filling Station in Otokutu Community in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State for allegedly selling “Adulterated fuel” with adjusted metres to members of the public.
Shalokpe made the allegation in a chat with newsmen at the filling station on Thursday. When newsmen visited the filling station.
Speaking with journalists in front of the filling station, Shalokpe said, ”l want the world to know and I want the DPR to come to our aid. This FUTGA filling station, they’re selling fuel that is not good for People’s vehicle and people’s generators. That’s what they’re doing. They are selling very bad fuel.
” As you can see, they’re still selling fuel till now after been confirmed that the fuel is not good. They’re still selling the fuel for other people.”
Shalokpe who is from Egini and Ekete Community in Udu Local Government Area claimed she bought five thousand naira (N5,000) fuel from the filling station on Sunday October 6 which badly damaged her Toyota Corolla LE car and her generator.
“So many of the vehicle parts were damaged. Am not a mechanic. The mechanic can explain much better.
” The car is still faulty till now. Till this very moment, they’ve not been able to fix it. But they’ve changed so many things inside the car. As am talking now, Just now, they’re still taking the car back to the mechanic.”
She said, ”i started experiencing that my vehicle had developed faults as it was jerking.
”I took my vehicle to the mechanic where it was checked and discovered that there was water inside the tank of my car.
”The fuel I turned in my generator is still the same thing, there was water inside my generator set.
“I came back to this filling station. And this very boy sitting here was the one who sold the fuel for me and that one at the back there.
”I came back to this filling station to report the incident but the fuel attendant who sold the fuel to me asked me to wait for the manager whom he claimed was not around.
“At a time, the manager said that he was not the manager. So, I explained what happened to him. Then, he said he is going to fix the car.
” But my issue here, right now. Is that, he doesn’t want to fix my car for me and the car is badly damaged.
“Thus, this morning I called him to come and rectify the issue, he refused. He is still insisting that he don’t want to come and fix the car.”
Shalokpe hinted that she called some persons who claimed to be task force, only God knows from where, but they discovered that there was water in the filling station’s underground tank.
Shalokpe said the manager who suddenly surfaced pleaded and promised to settle the matter by taking the car to the mechanic for repairs but failed.
When contacted for comments and explanation, the young man selling fuel for vehicles in the filling station said ” My manager is not around, his assistance went to the bank, I don’t know the name of my manager, I don’t have my manager number, i don’t even have a phone”. As the young man refused to speak or even explain anything to the press since the manager is not around.
The DPR spokesperson in Warri, Mr E.O. Okeke, when contacted informing him about what is going on by journalists, he said, ”I promised to take a swift action against the alleged infraction by the filling station”