By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
In its bid to cub the excesses of marketers who are fond of creating artificial scarcity of fuel in Oyo State, the Department of Petroleum Resources on Tuesday closed some filling stations in Ibadan metropolis.
For some days, most filling stations have refused to sell the motor premium spirit to motorists in Ibadan due to complaints of poor supply, while motorists groaned to buy the product at an exorbitant price from some filling stations at above N100 per litre after hours of long queue.
But the DPR, led by the state’s comptroller moved round the state in different team to check the
activities of marketers in the state.
While some recalcitrant marketer who sells at N100 were forced to sell at N87, some who refused to sell have their filling stations shut.
Some of the areas visited by WESTERN POST included Mokola, Sango, Akobo, Apete and Eleyele out of which five stations were shut in Apete.
Effort to reach the state’s Comptroller of the DPR was futile, but a source in his office who claimed anonymity, said the exercise would last till the end of the week to ensure the artificial scarcity was stopped.