By Harry Awurumibe, Editor Abuja Bureau
Inspite of the empty assurances made by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) that there will neither be scarcity nor increase in the pump prices of petroleum products, residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja have been hit harder by both since weekend as fuel now sells for N250 per litre.
Long queues at some filling stations in the FCT have stretched to miles at the few outlets still selling petroleum products at the unofficial pump price.
Prompt News reports that many filling stations visited in the metropolis have become “war zones” as vehicle owners, tricycles and motorcycle operators engaged themselves in fisticuffs in their desperate attempts to buy fuel first even at the high price.
For example, there was chaos Monday afternoon at Mobile filling station at Gaduwa near Efab Estate Lokogoma area FCT as customers nearly damaged the pumps while struggling to be served the products.
The situation was the same at several other filling stations within the metropolis including at Shema and A Y Shafa filling stations at Gudu near Apo District and at all the filling stations along Airport Road Abuja.
It was also gathered that filling stations in the suburbs like Lugbe, Kubwa, Kuje, Masaka, Gwagwalada and nearby Nasarwa state.
Alhaji Nasir Ahmad lamented the current fuel scarcity, saying that ordinary citizens are suffering too much already hence he called on the federal government to address situation before it gets out of hand.