A monitoring team of the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR has sealed 10 filling stations in Owerri for engaging in sharp practices.
The offences include under dispensing of premium motor spirit otherwise known as fuel, operating without valid license and poor safety measures to contain any fire incident that might occur.
Addressing newsmen, the Zonal Controller DPR Owerri Zonal Office Mr. Peter Ejeh said the department would no longer tolerate a situation where petroleum marketers shortchange Nigerians in their bid to maximize profit.
Mr. Ejeh described as worrisome a situation where some dealers sell premium motor spirit at a reduced cost of N143 a litre only to manipulate their pumps to dispense less.
The Controller said a mobile kit had been introduced by DPR to identify adulterated petroleum products.
The Zonal Controller DPR noted that the monitoring exercise would be carried out periodically to ensure compliance to operational standard and urged residents not to hesitate in alerting DPR on any suspected sharp practice from petroleum dealers.
Our correspondent reports that the department had carried out similar operation in Imo state with a number of filling stations sealed.