Despite assurances from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) that there would be enough supply of fuel ahead of the yuletide period, most petrol stations nationwide are currently besieged with queues; some are either shut down, while those opened are over-crowded with buyers.
Our correspondent witnessed queues in some petrol stations that were selling on Ikorodu road. Some that were selling left one part of the entrance open to cars in order to contain the crowd.
At a filling station in Maryland, the manager urged buyers to come in with their kegs and pack their cars elsewhere.
Meanwhile, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has attributed the scarcity to under-supplying of petrol by the NNPC from Lagos.
An Independent Marketer, Benjamin Omale, on Tuesday, said that marketers were not getting enough products from the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC) and private tank farms in Lagos, coupled with the fact the Kaduna refinery, where they normally load their products, hade been shut down for quite some time.