Mr Abba Misau, Abuja Zonal Controller of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) on Monday tackled the Chairman of Board of Trustees, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, Alhaji Aminu Abdulkadir, over claims credited to him that there were over 2,000 illegal filling stations operating across the country.
Abdulkadir had advocated immediate demolition of over 2,000 identified illegal filling stations operating across the country, to check the persistent scarcity of petroleum products.
He gave the suggestion during an investigative hearing of on the perennial fuel scarcity across the country by Senate Committee on Petroleum downstream
Reacting, Misau said the claim by the IPMAN boss was untrue.
He queried how IPMAN was able to cumulate he figure.
“How did IPMAN come about the figure? They should give us the list.
“If IPMAN has the list of the 2,000 filling stations they should give it to us, we will act on it and go after the stations. That is our job’’, he said.
He explained that the DPR was on the prowl daily to arrest erring stations.
“As we speak, our men are outside, scouting for such stations. It is the fuel scarcity that revealed some of them, if there was no scarcity, people would not volunteer such information.
“As a result of the scarcity, we were able to get information on some of the stations ripping off Nigerians and the cases have been reported.
“We urge Nigerians to please report such stations and we will take action,’’ Misau said.