The Department of Petroleum Resources, Abeokuta Field Office, on Thursday dispensed petrol for free to motorists again in Abeokuta.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the filling station, Daslap Petrol Station, Olomore, was allegedly caught selling above the official pump price.
The team, led by its Head of Operations, Mr Kasali Akinade, said the action was necessary to make others comply with the law.
“We got a tip-off that this station, Daslap, had fuel but they were selling above the pump price at N200 per litre.
“On getting here, we also had evidences to support the claim.
“When we checked their fuel stock level, we discovered they had 33,000 litres. In order to serve as a deterrent to others, we decided to ask them to give their fuel for free.
We said they should give fuel to 20 motorists and 30 bikes for free,” he said.
It had also been reported on Tuesday that the DPR sealed a filling station in Kubwa, a suburb of Abuja, for allegedly selling petrol above N145 and gave out the product free to motorists.
”The station had 6,000 litres of petrol. We got the call from a good Samaritan. When we came, we realised the station is illegal because it is not licensesd and it was selling at N250 per litre.
”We instructed that the product should be dispensed free of charge.
”We will give them one month to come and regularise the licence, after that if he does not come we will hand over the station and the people concerned to the civil defence to prosecute,” the Abuja Zonal Operations Controller of the department, Mr Mohammed Abba, said.
The fuel scarcity across Nigeria has been on for about three weeks, with officials giving various reasons for it.