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Confusion over illegal evacuation of diesel, PMS from” abandoned” Ore NNPC Depot

By Oludamisi Ojo.

Concerned members under the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Ondo State chapter have raised the alarm over the illegal evacuation of diesel, kerosene, and premium motor spirit (PMS) from NNPC depot in Ore, Ondo State.

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Ore Depot has been neglected for over 15 years.

However, it was learned that the products meant for Ondo and Ekiti states are currently being diverted to the northern part of the country due to shortages in the North.

The marketers alleged that some people came with letters from NNPC headquarters to evacuate the diesel and kerosene.

It was later discovered that the people who evacuated the products ended up diverting and selling the products to nonexisting companies in Lagos to aid their diversion.

Consequently, the marketers protested when the same set of people came with another letter to evacuate premium motor spirit (PMS) from the depot.

They lamented that the people of Ondo and Ekiti states are currently suffering from the nonavailability of diesel, kerosene, and PMS which had led to long queues at filling stations mostly in the state capital, Akure.

Long queues returned to filling stations in Akure and some cities within the state as a result of the scarcity of petroleum products and different filling stations have been selling the products at different pump prices.

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Some filling stations sell PMS at N200 per liter while diesel sells at N1000.

The aggrieved marketers used the occasion to call on relevant agencies to investigate where diesel and kerosene that were loaded last week went and also to make sure that the remaining PMS (petrol) at the  depot spread across the two states, Ondo and Ekiti

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