The heavy stick of Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) fell on five petrol service stations in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State, for selling Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also referred to as petrol, above the 145 Naira price band recently set by the Federal Government.
The government on May 11 announced a new price band of 145 Naira per litre for petrol, saying it was increased to address the crisis in the sector that had led to the scarcity of petrol.
There is huge reliance on petrol for generation of electricity by households and business owners, as the nation of over 160 million population was rationing less than 4,000 megawatts of electricity.
On a raid with the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Osun, the five fuel service stations were sealed for hoarding, gross under dispensing and selling above 145 Naira per litre.
A delegation from the DPR is in Osun State to ascertain the level of compliance of the fuel station owners in the state to the directive and also to ensure that they are dispensing accurately.
In company of the Commandant of the NSCDC, Mr Ayodele Phillips and other officials, the team moved from one fuel station to another.
While some had no products, some others were discovered to be hoarding and selling above pump prices of 145 Naira per litre.
When they arrived at the Oduwoye and Brothers fuel station, although 145 Naira was boldly written on the pump, they were actually selling at 150 Naira.
After the team sealed the fuel station, it moved on to Azkol fuel station at Igbona.
After the usual check, it was discovered that they were grossly under dispensing to the customers.
The manager, Adesoye Muritala, claimed it was the first time it was happening, but his excuse was not enough to stop the DPR from sealing the station.
On arrived at another Oduwoye and Brothers fuel station at Igbona, the attendants had fled their duty posts but after a thorough search by the Civil Defence men, they were found hiding in the toilet.
Although the leader of the DPR delegation refused to speak to reporters, the Commandant of the NSCDC said the check would be carried out regularly to regulate the PMS marketers and keep them in check.
So far, five fuel stations have been sanctioned and their fuel stations sealed by the DPR.
If the NSCDC keeps up to its word on routine check, a moderate level of compliance is expected to be adhered to by the fuel marketers.