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Again, petrol queues return to Lagos filling stations as black market grows in Abuja

Technocrat Media

Petrol queues have resurfaced in Lagos as motorists have started encountering difficulties in buying the product on Monday morning, Technocrat Media gathered.

In Abuja, residents have been buying from black market operators as the queues have failed to disappear since February when Nigerians suffered petrol scarcity. 

The February scarcity was a major shortage of the premium motor spirit (PMS) that hit Abuja, Lagos, and other major cities, leading to queues at filling stations across the country and leaving millions unable to power their cars and generators for daily production activities. The federal government said the discovery of high content of methanol in imported fuel caused the shortage. It added that authorities were working to replace the off-spec product across the country.

However, today in Lagos, queues were noticed in some filling stations according to residents which is already causing panic buying motorists.

Fuel Queue at Total Energies, Festac in Lagos on June 20, 2022. Credit: TheCable

A Lagos resident, Folashade Aluko, said “Adding fuel scarcity to our current issues in this country is not good”. 

At some filling stations in Ikorodu, sales of the commodity were restricted to two or three pumps even as other filling stations shut down services, according to TheCable.

An attendant at TotalEnergies in Festac town told TheCable that the scarcity is likely due to a rumoured increase in petrol price.

“Our customers have also said they noticed the same queues. In fact, this morning, we didn’t get supplies until 9 am today. I am very sure we will shut down before 6 pm today,” he said.

A week ago, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) in the South West had threatened to direct its members to increase petrol and diesel pump prices.

Dele Tajudeen, IPMAN zonal chairman in the South-West zone, had claimed that his members had been unable to buy the products from any of the government-owned depots for the past six months, forcing them to purchase from private depot owners who had continued to take advantage of the situation.

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