The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Zamfara, said on Saturday it has received a directive from the Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream) to sanction four filling stations, should they continue to hoard petrol.

The DPR Operations Controller in the state, Mallam Ango Haruna, stated this in Gusau.

The Senate committee led by its chairman, Kabiru Marafa, had visited the state last week to monitor fuel situation in the state.

The committee observed that some of the filling stations were selling petrol above government approved price, while some were hoarding and diverting the product.

Haruna said the committee directed the DPR to sanction the four filling stations found selling the product above government approved price as well as hoarding it.

“Yes, we have the records of the affected filling stations. We will sanction them as directed by the committee at the appropriate time.

“You know, we were given directive from the Ministry of Petroleum Resources that we should not seal off any filling station at this critical time, and in fact, even the committee chairman reminded me of this directive during the visit.

“What we do when we find any filling station selling above government price or hoarding is to force them to revert and make sure that they sell fuel to the public at N145, as approved by the government,” he said.

He described the visit of the committee as a patriotic step to alleviate the sufferings of the masses.

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