Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, yesterday attributed the just concluded election rerun in Niger State as well as panic buying as the twin causes of long queues at petrol stations across Abuja since Sunday evening. The organisation however added that no fewer than 160 trucks had been dispatched into the Federal Capital to assuage any shortfall in supplies to the filling stations.
A separate source told journalists that about 480 truckloads of petrol had been dispatched to Abuja and neighbouring states to quell the scarcity currently witnessed in the Federal Capital Territory and environs. Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Department of NNPC, Ohi Alegbe, who blamed the apparent fuel scarcity on the rerun elections held in Niger State over the weekend, added that the situation was worsened by panic buying by motorists.
He said due to the restriction of movement on election day in Niger, it was impossible to load fuel from Suleja Depot which supplies fuel to Abuja, Niger, Nasarawa and other nearby states that Saturday. With the political exercise over, Ohi said NNPC has commenced measures to address the situation, stating that on Sunday, over 210 truckloads of fuel were dispatched to Abuja and environs and that another 270 truckloads of fuel were dispersed on Monday, while he expressed confidence that by this morning the queues would have disappeared.
Fuel scarcity resurfaced Sunday and continued till Monday in Abuja, with long queues witnessed in almost all the petrol stations selling the products, while most were shut due to unavailability of the product.
In all the petrol filling stations around Zone 3, Wuse and along Airport roads in Abuja, there were queues, while some were shut. All the petrol stations along the Nyanya-Mararaba axis down to Asokoro, according to additional reports, were shut down.

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