• Warns petroleum products marketers, tank farm owners

The Senator representing Orlu Zone and Chairman Senate Committee on Customs and excise, Chief Hope Uzodinma has warned petroleum products marketers and tank farm owners against hoarding of products and occasioning hardship on commuters during the yuletide.

He regretted that all of a sudden, petroleum products became scarce and the pump price went beyond the reach of motorists. This he attributed to sabotage on the side of major and independent petroleum markets who revel in inflicting sorrow and agony on the society at a period of reflection and godliness.

Our reporters, who went round the city, observed that most filling stations were deliberately hiking the prices of fuel, with Ebere Links, selling at N220 per litre of PMS and others hovering between N250 and N260 an evidence that the petroleum marketers were indiscriminately fixing pump prices to sabotage the efforts of the federal government just to settle scores. “Virgin Forest” a filling station that commenced sales barely two days ago, defied the racketeering and was selling PMS at the official pump price of N145 per litre.

Efforts to unveil the patriot behind this benevolence and magnanimity failed, with no one in particular volunteering the identity of the owner of Virgin Forest.

It was equally said that while Virgin Forest had fuel all through with two other tankers discharging at the time of going to press, the NNPC Franchise filling station at control post Owerri, which distributes at N143 per litre of PMS, had no fuel thus fueling speculations that their allocations have been sold to other stations where they sell above government approved distribution prices.