Long queues have resurfaced in major fuel stations in Ibadan, Oyo state capital following presumed shortage of the commodity.
Recall that the developments were initially experienced in Lagos and Abuja since Monday and was later extended to Ibadan and Abeokuta, Ogun state capital.
A visit by newsarena.ng monitoring team to some fuel stations in Ibadan on Wednesday, revealed that the long queues started building up as earlier as 6:30am which had caused traffic in areas where the fuel stations were located.
At SAO filling station, Onireke, the queue had expended to Jericho roundabout, while similar situation was noticed at Bovas Filling Odo-Ona, Apata and SAO Oke Ado.
Situation in Lagos
However, a visit to certain depots in Apapa, Lagos, and the surrounding areas revealed that prices had increased from the customary N148.17 per litre to between N175 and N180 per litre.
Vanguard’s investigations revealed that while some independent marketers charge between N190 and N200 per litre at their stores, others just closed their gates to drivers and other customers.
It also demonstrated that there were lengthy lines at the retail locations of major oil marketers, who offered the product to motorists for the present Federal Government-regulated N165 per litre but only had a limited supply available.
As at the time of this repor, there were also protracted lines at numerous gas stations throughout Ondo state.
In contrast to the N180 pump pricing, some gas stations were seen dispensing fuel at between N190 and N200 per liter, while many others that had no supplies shuttered their doors.
In Abuja, there were still queues, barely 17 days after the Federal Government had directed the petroleum marketers to increase the number tankers bringing petrol into the city.
Checks at the time of this report showed fewer petrol stations were opened to customers, with most independent marketers selling between N230 to N255 per litre.
Hawkers who sold the product in jerry cans close to NNPC towers hiked their price to N350 per litre from N300 per litre it was sold last week.