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Fuel scarcity hits Abuja as NNPCL remains silent



Abuja residents are facing fuel scarcity while the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), the country’s only petrol importer, has chosen to stay quiet on the matter.

At filling stations along Kubwa expressway, most are not selling petrol except for NNPC and Salbas outlets, according to findings by NewsNow.

A motorist named Aliyu Bello expressed his frustration, mentioning that he had been waiting at NNPCL since 7 am. He questioned the cause of this latest fuel scarcity, stating, “The situation is terrible. I wonder what could be the reason for this hardship.”

Another resident, Benson Adejo, reported a similar situation in Lugbe and Wuye areas of Abuja, sharing his experience of queuing at Shafa filling station Wuye for hours before being able to purchase fuel.

Reports indicate that Kaduna residents are also grappling with fuel scarcity.

Despite attempts to reach out to NNPCL spokesperson Femi Soneye for comments on the fuel scarcity, there has been no response yet. The National President of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, Abubakar Maigandi, also did not respond to enquiries from NewsNow.

It is worth noting that the removal of fuel subsidy by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s government led to a significant increase in the pump price of fuel, reaching between N617 and N690 per litre from N238.

In March, NNPCL refuted claims of a fuel price reduction.