DPR to sanction marketers selling fuel in Jerry cans

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The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Niger has decried the operations of some marketers of petroleum products in the state who sell large quantities of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) in Jerry cans, saying such action would attract consequences going forward.

Isah Jankara, the Controller of DPR in the state, disclosed this on Tuesday in Minna during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

“The report reaching us reveals that some marketers of petroleum products in the state are selling large quantities of PMS in jerry cans.

“It is not permitted by law to sell such products in jerry cans because of the highly inflammable nature of fuel.

“It is hazardous to transport fuel or store it in jerry cans,” he said.

Mr. Jankara said that selling large quantities of PMS in jerry cans meant diversion or smuggling the product to an unknown destination “which is against the law”.

He explained that the department must be notified and permit issued before such quantities of fuel would be sold in jerry cans in order to ensure safety and stop diversion and smuggling of the product.

The controller said that investigations were ongoing to bring the earring marketers to book to serve as deterrent to others.

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