Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, yesterday nabbed two trucks including an NNPC truck for alleged diversion of over 56, 800 litres of petrol in Ilorin.
The state controller of DPR, Mr. Phillip Salvation revealed this in Ilorin while dispensing the diverted fuel at official price of N86.50 per liter to the residents of the state.
News source gathered that the product was being dispensed at N150 per litre before the trucks were discovered. Adding that, the NNPC truck with registration number KMC 836 XA was owned by a transporter known as Prolific.
Mr. Salvation described cases of diversion as economic crime, saying that it went beyond economic sabotage.
“They want to create anarchy and it won’t be condoned. Diversion, be it from Oyo or Osun to Kwara State is diversion”, he said.
He also said the second truck was meant for one of the major marketers in the state.
The Controller, who said 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, added that the filling stations involved would be sealed up.
According to him, the NNPC truck allegedly loaded 20, 800 litres of petrol, while that of the major marketer loaded 46,000 litres.
He urged motorists to 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.
The DPR controller advised motorists to shun panic buying, saying that the agency would ensure that allocation meant for every community got to right places.