NNPC Trucks Involved In Fuel Diversion In Ilorin —DPR

Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and GMD, NNPC, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu
Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and GMD, NNPC, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu

THE Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Kwara State has seized two trucks including an NNPC truck for alleged diversion of over 56, 800 litres of petrol in Ilorin.

Speaking with journalists during the directed sale of the petroleum product to motorists at official pump price of N86:50 in Ilorin on Tuesday, the DPR Controller in the state, Mr Phillip Salvation, said the second truck was meant for one of the major marketers in the state.

The Controller, who said that the owner of the independent marketer’s filling station where the NNPC truck was found, failed to provide document to exonerate himself from allegation of diversion, adding that the filling stations involved would be sealed up.

The DPR boss said that the NNPC truck allegedly loaded 20, 800 litres of petrol, while that of the major marketer loaded 46,000 litres.

He said motorists should stop patronising any petrol filling station selling above official pump price, adding that any one arrested over cases of diversion, smuggling, over pricing would be dealt with accordingly.

He advised motorists to shun panic buying, saying that the agency would ensure that allocation meant for every community got to right places.

Mr. Salvation described cases of diversion as economic mutiny, saying that it went beyond economic sabotage.