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 Nigerians.
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.