Fuel queues have emerged in Abuja, Lagos, and other parts of Nigeria.
This caused gridlock on major streets affecting traffic movement, while
some fuel stations were locked while a few which were opened had long
queues of motorists waiting to buy fuel.
The fuel queues have emerged despite the assurance by Nigerian
National Petroleum Company Limited, NNPCL, over a week ago that
the company has sufficient stock of petrol to meet the needs of
Panic began gradually over the weekend when unusual long queues of
vehicle at various filling stations were noticed as residents spent longer
period trying to buy petrol.
While this was attributed to increased demand for fuel due to power
outage following a fire incident that led to the shutdown of Nigeria’s
largest power plant, Egbin, from the national grid, last week, the long
queues persisted despite improved power supply.