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Amid new scarcity, petrol sells for N180/litre in Lagos, Abuja, Niger



FUEL queues hit major cities of Lagos, Abuja and Ogun on Monday, forcing motorists to spend hours at filling stations.

  In Lagos and Ogun States, long queues were seen in several filling stations including Mobil, Capital, Fatgbems, Enyo, TotalEnergies and NNPC.

  Though there were products at these filling stations, which also sold at N165/litre, motorists struggled to get gasoline with which to run their economic lives.

  There were also queues in states bordering the FCT, including Nasarawa and Niger.

  In the Federal Capital Territory, there were long queues at various filling stations such as the NNPC, Mobil, A.A. Rano, AYA Ashafa, Enyo, among others.

  Hundreds of motorists besieged the few filling stations that dispensed petrol at various states, spending hours on queues in a bid to buy PMS.

  Oil marketers blamed the development on the drop in supply, stating that the demand for petrol was currently higher than what was being provided by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited.

  NNPC is the sole importer of petrol into Nigeria, shouldering this responsibility for more then four years.

  Speaking on the development, resident, Petroleum Products Retail Outlets Owners Association of Nigeria (PETROAN), Billy Gillis-Harry, said Lagos is having queues today, Kaduna is almost not having any PMS in its retail outlets.

But last Thursday, Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Regulatory Authority stated that there were over 32 days sufficiency of petrol by the NNPC.

Also, many residents blamed NNPC for cutting down supply of products to fuel marketers.

  Checks also showed that diesel was sold between N780-N820/litre.

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