Mobil Filling Station in Osisioma and Dan Dollars Filling Station on Ikot Ekpene road are among the eight filling stations in Aba to be penalised by the Abia State Ministry of Petroleum and Solid Minerals for allegedly selling adulterated diesel to the public.
Officials of the ministry, whose duty it is to ensure that sanity reigns in the sector, found the eight filling stations culpable.
Don Ubani, commissioner for Petroleum and Solid Minerals, who confirmed this in a telephone interview with CityFile, revealed that adequate punishment would be meted out to the culprits to serve as deterrent to other marketers.
“They would be punished to stop others from engaging in illegal activities. We won’t allow such people to sabotage our efforts to ensure sanity in the system,” he affirmed.
Simple Nwankpa, chairman, Aba depot re-activation committee, affirmed that the Aba chapter of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association (IPMAN) frowns at such illegal activities, noting that the body at different forums had warned its members not to involve themselves in product adulteration.
He, however, attributed the development to the inactivity of the Aba depot, noting that such practices would be completely eliminated as soon as the depot resumes operation.
“The Aba depot is still under rehabilitation and so, our members source products from different places and sometimes buy adulterated products from wrong sources,” he noted.
The Aba depot was cut-off from supply of petroleum products by the PPMC in 2006, due to the activities of vandals.