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Fuel queues return across states amid supply shortages



Motorists across several states in Nigeria are facing fuel shortages and soaring prices, leading to long queues at filling stations. The scarcity has been reported in Lagos, Abuja, Kaduna, Kano, Benue, Sokoto, and other parts of the country.

A report by Channels News on Monday morning showed significant increase in vehicle queues at filling stations in Lagos State, where prices soared as high as ₦700 per litre. Similar situations were reported in other states, with motorists grappling with skyrocketing fuel prices.

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IPMAN stations were reported to sell fuel at about ₦700 per litre and above, while MEMAN stations sold at around ₦610 per litre and above. NNPCL stations offered fuel at ₦568 per litre.

Chinedu Ukadike, Public Relations Officer of IPMAN, explained, “The situation is that there is no product. Once there is a lack of supply or inadequate supply, what you will see is scarcity, and queues will emerge at filling stations.”

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Many filling stations remained closed, causing inconvenience to motorists. Along the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway, only a few stations operated, leading to longer queues despite prices exceeding ₦700 per litre.

Desperate motorists have turned to black market vendors selling fuel at exorbitant rates, ranging from ₦1000 to ₦1200 per litre, exacerbating the financial burden on already-strained consumers.

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Despite assurances from the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited that fuel shortages had been resolved, queues for Premium Motor Spirit persist

NNPC spokesman Olufemi Soneye had in a statement on Thursday clarified that the tight supply experienced in some areas was due to logistics issues, which had supposedly been addressed.