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DPR uncovers fuel diversion cartel in Delta


Officials seal eight filling station

De[artment of Petroleum Resources (DPR) yesterday, unraveled the mystery surrounding fuel scarcity in Delta State, disclosing that some independent marketers were involved in diverting fuel loaded at the Warri refinery to unknown destinations.

Head of DPR retail outlet marketing (ROM) Mokolo Japhet, who led the monitoring exercise, expressed sadness that this was going on despite government efforts to ease hardship associated with the scarcity.

He warned that filling stations involved in any diversion of fuel products would be made to face the full weight of the law.

Diversion of petroleum products has created artificial scarcity in the state in the last few months, forcing the product to sell for between N120 and N130 per litre.

The DPR, which embarked on the operation to ensure that products loaded at PPMC depot in Warri got to its intended destination in the state, had discovered that there was a racket behind the diversion.

When the agency inspected most of the filling stations in Warri and Ughelli, it was found that they could neither account for the fuel that was assigned to them; neither did they have any stock for sale.

Kenero and NNPC filling stations in Ughelli and Udu, could also not account for the 30,000 litres of fuel assigned to them and were subsequently issued sanction letters by the DPR officials.

However, one of the marketers claimed in defence, that the vehicle conveying the fuel assigned to him broke down on the way. But when the DPR officials inspected the broken down truck, all the papers were discovered to be fake.

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