The Department of Petroleum Resources has warned filling stations in Zamfara State against supplying petroleum products to bandits.
The Controller, Gusau DPR Field office, Ango Haruna, gave the warning on Wednesday in Kaura-Namoda while on surveillance of filling stations.
Newsmen report that the department also sealed one Liquified Petroleum Gas Refilling Plant in Gusau over some infractions.
The controller said, “Today, we intercepted some black marketers conveying jerrycans loaded with petroleum products in Kaura-Namoda.
“You know it is a tradition in Zamfara that some unpatriotic citizens supply petroleum products to bandits in the bush.
“As you can see, we met four persons at a filling station conveying the product in jerrycans going to nearby villages.
“Even though they told us that they are going to some villages where there is no filling station, we don’t believe them.
“We didn’t allow them to go with the products. We asked them to return the product to the station.
“I’m using this medium to warn filling station managers to desist from selling the product to those unpatriotic citizens and if we catch anyone doing that he/she will be sanctioned.
“We cannot seal the station now because we dont want to create artificial fuel scarcity in this area, because we learnt that it is the only station selling the product here in Kaura-Namoda today,” he explained.
On the LPG Refilling Plant sealed by the department in Gusau, the controller said the plant was using expired gas cylinders and had no safety equipment.
“As you can see, all the gas cylinders in this plant are expired, the water system is not working, infact the plant manager cannot even present a copy of their licence to us.
“The environment of the plant is very bushy and if a customer mistakenly throws away a lit cigarette butt in this area, we wont know what will happen.
“Therefore, we have to suspend their operations until they meet the minimum safety requirement,” he added.
The Controller said that the department would continue the inspection of all facilities selling cooking gas and others to ensure compliance with safety and other regulations.