Very few fuel stations had petrol, also known as premium motor spirit, on sale, with black market operators capitalising on the situation to make brisk business, selling the commodity at N150 per litre.
In some private filling stations, a litre of the fuel went for N70, but, the NNPC mega stations, Oando and Total still sold at the official rate of N65. At the NNPC, Oando and Total fuel stations, however, motorists and other users literally have to pass through the eye of the needle to get the product.
Some stations attendants were also collecting bribes from motorists before selling to them. “I dey here since morning, now is 3pm, no fuel for me. Dem say if you wan get fuel quick, you give dem money before dey sell to you, but me I only get money for fuel, no money for bribe,” a bus driver said in Pidgin English.
There is no reason yet for the scarcity.