Three people in Tana River have been arrested for the crime of selling fuel above the maximum retail pump price.
The three were ambushed after the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) in conjunction with officers from the Directorate of criminal investigation conducted an impromptu visit to fuel stations in Tana River.
“The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) in collaboration with officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on 12th October 2018 carried out impromptu surveillance and compliance inspections on fuel stations in Tana River County.” said ERC in a statement.
The three are senior managers of well-known companies and they are namely Lukeman Omar Mohammed, owner of Leila Petrol Station, Ibrahim Hussein Hassan and Abdallah Mohammed Bajoh who are managers of Heller and A.A. Bayasuf and Sons petrol stations respectively.
Members of the public have been urged to be vigilant and report any cases of malpractice to the commission.
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“We urge members of the public to be vigilant and report any instances of malpractice or suspected petroleum overpricing activities to the Commission” said ERC.
They will be arraigned in court to answer to the charges leveled against them.
Elsewhere in Embu officers from the ERC and those from the Directorate of Criminal investigation conducted an impromptu surveillance and inspection of LPG facilities in the area.
“The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) in collaboration with the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and the General Service Unit (GSU) officers yesterday, 12th October 2018, conducted impromptu surveillance and compliance inspections on LPG facilities in Embu County.” Said ERC.
During the raid one hundred and fourty one assorted cylinders, an LPG trailer, canter, a filling line with five filling heads and five weighing scales were confiscated.
Three suspects have been arrested and are being held at Embu regional police headquarters pending being arraigned to court.
Members of the public have once again been called out to report to the commission any instances of malpractice or adulteration of fuel.
“We continue to urge members of the public to be vigilant and report any instances of malpractice or suspected fuel adulteration activities to the Commission” said the commission.