Borno State government has temporarily revoked the certificate of occupancy of 10 petrol stations in the state, for hoarding petroleum products and selling above the regulated price of N125.
Usman Jidda Shuwa, secretary to the state government, announced this in a statement in Maiduguri on Thursday
He said the erring fuelling stations are guilty of economic sabotage, by hoarding petroleum products and selling above the approved price.
He stressed that the actions of the petrol stations, their owners and operators are condemnable, as they deliberately take advantage of the Coronavirus pandemic, to create untold hardship on the general public.
“Members of the public are hereby informed that the following fuelling stations have been found guilty of the offences mentioned above .
“They are: Tafida Bafari &CO Ltd, Kane road; Muazu Idris, along Baga road; Oil link , opposite flour mills Maiduguri; Total Filling station, kane road; AA Rano Ltd, kano road; Nan Nam, Kano road; Kai Masha Allahu, Kano road; Alhaji Bukar Kolo, Kano road; Golle bye- pass and Kabs merchant Ltd, Damboa road.
“The executive governor of Borno State, Prof Babagana Umara Zulum, has directed the temporary withdrawal of their right of occupancy, pending the process of revocation of the same in line with the provisions of the Land Use Act and the powers vested in him by the same Act.
“Government hereby warns other filling stations to desist from such act of economic sabotage as Borno state government will continue to monitor fuelling activities of all filling stations and will not hesitate to take all necessary actions within the ambiance of the law to bring them to justice,” the statement further reads.
Meanwhile, the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), has warned marketers in the state against hoarding petroleum product.
North-east zonal operations controller, Ibrahim Abubakar, gave the warning while briefing journalists in the Borno capital.
Abubakar said the zonal office has deployed staff to filling stations, to monitor sales of the product at government official price.
- According to him, only forty seven trucks have been supplied to Borno and Yobe States in the last one week, which has triggered long queues at filling stations occassioned by the lockdown.
The zonal controller decried the activities of some marketers, who take advantage of the short supply to hike price, thereby subjecting motorists and residents to untold hardship.