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In Ibadan, fuel scarcity looms after depot fire



A FIRE outbreak at Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) depot Ibadan, Oyo State yesterday has brought triggered fresh fears of fuel scarcity, throwing many people into panic buying of petroleum products.

Those interviewed attribute their fear to crucial position occupied by the depot which serves nearly the entire southern Nigeria in the national petroleum distribution line, after it was reopened for operation in 2017 as part of the Turn Around Maintenance (TAM) policy of federal government.

Immediate Past NNPC Group Managing Director, Maikanti Baru, said President Muhammadu Buhari gave approval for an upgrading work on the depot to ease of fuel distribution and supply in the areas within its catchment, particularly Lagos-Ibadan axis.

An eyewitness said the incident started at the loading section before spreading to other sensitive parts of the depot, leading to heavy traffic gridlock on Apata-Abeokuta Road, with firefighters from Oyo State Fire Service doing everything to put off the fire.

No official of the depot was available for comment on what caused the fire outbreak.

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