Petroleum filing stations across the state have been warned to desist from an act of tampering with their selling pumps and cheating motorists in the state.
The warning was given by the chairman of the Task Force on Petroleum Product distribution in the state, Mr. Gbadebo Olasupo.
The chairman in a release disclosed that his task force would be going round the state and any filling station caught in the act would be punished.
Motorists in the state have been complaining recently that some filling stations have been pumping air into their vehicle tanks knowing full well that they (motorists) would not detect immediately.
Investigations revealed that motorists have been complaining bitterly about a filling station at Ita-Olokan area of the state capital. OSUN DEFENDER gathered that attendants of the filling station have devised a means of ensuring that motorists leave the station without detecting that they have been shortchanged.
A motorist in Osogbo, Mr Salam Jelili while narrating his ordeal, disclosed that he bought eight litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) popularly called petrol from the filling station and could not take him to his destination at Power Line in Osogbo.
He added that ordinarily, he only needs two or three litres of fuel to take him round the town on his daily business, adding that the passenger he drove that day when he went to the filling station was astonished at what happened.
Another owner of a private vehicle, Mr Azeez Olapade told OSUN DEFENDER that he bought 10 litres of fuel at the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation in the state capital a day before the celebration of Eid-el-fitr and went home straight but supringly, the following day on his way to the mosque, his car ran out of fuel.
A commercial vehicle driver told OSUN DEFENDER that he only heard people discussing about the issue but it has never happened to him, adding that fuel attendants at filling stations do not treat commercial drivers the way they do to private car owners because they know that we can wreck their business.
However, another commercial driver plying Osogbo-Ikirun-Iree road told our reporter at Old Garage in Osogbo that the problem is with almost all the filling stations, adding that probably because there is no longer the problem of fuel scarcity from which the attendants make money, hence, they resolved to other means of short-changing their customers.
An attendant at a filling station at Power Line disclosed that some incidents were not always deliberate but as a result of problem with pumps, used in some filing stations.
He quickly added that their filling station has never been accused of such acts, stating that the management of the station do carry out routine maintenance on their pumps.