Following the refusal of oil marketers to import fuel into Nigeria, petrol station owners seem to be cashing in fully on the situation on ground with petrol selling for as high as
N300 per litre in some parts of Lagos state.
Most fuel stations on LASU-Isheri expressway were shut while long queues were seen at the few that were functional.
Fuel is being sold in the black market with 5 litres costing between
N2,000 and N2,500.
At some fuel stations, petrol sold for
N200 and N150 respectively. With long queues at the few petrol stations that were open, desperate consumers were ready to buy fuel at any amount.
“This is really ridiculous. How can we celebrate May Day without electricity and petrol. I cannot enjoy the day with my family because there is no power. The federal government should settle with the oil marketers before things go out of hand,” a consumer, told The Trent.
Another aggrieved buyer blamed the scarcity on the federal government, alleging that, it was a calculated attempt to frustrate the incoming government. “The federal government is doing this on purpose.
They should have paid the oil marketers before now. They left our refineries in tatters and we are left at the mercy of this so-called marketers.”