3 May 2016
Recent diversion of petroleum products has remained a hindrance to attempts made at ending the current fuel scarcity and hike in Nigeria.
Over the weekend, the monitoring team, set-up by the Department of Petroleum Resources, intercepted a truck in Rivers state and forced sales of the product. This team which was set up with an aim of arresting defaulters, also recently arrested another truck moving products from Cross River to Chad.
According to the head of downstream with the DPR in Port Harcourt Zone, Patrick Emordi informed that the agency intercepted the truck around the Choba axis of the state capital on its way to a neighbouring state.
Mr. Emordi stated that the DPR would not cease to punish any truck caught diverting products.
“Anyone caught in the act will face the full weight of the law and be made to pay the fine of 200 Naira for every litre,” he stated. That totals about six million Naira per truck of 30 000 litres of petrol.
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources has also expressed his opinion about the diversion saying it is the major reason the country is experiencing the worst fuel situation in over a decade.