Petrol sold between N300 and N400 as filling station shuts down.
This was as a result of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps(NSCDC) who shot a tanker driver.
On Thursday, 8th of September, in Imo State, a litre of fuel, was sold between N300 and N400 due to shut down of filling stations in the state.
It was gathered that the hike in price of the petrol was as a result of an encounter between a tanker driver and a member of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps(NSCDC) who allegedly shot the tanker driver, along Elele road, Port Harcourt, Wednesday night.
The tanker drivers were said to have directed their members to suspend operations until the security operative involved was produced, before they can resume operations.
Hence, filling stations who expressed their disapproval, shut down operations.
However, some stations defied the order and started selling the product at an exorbitant prize.
According to Vanguard, it was discovered that not all the filling stations were closed as they closely monitored the development in major streets of Douglas, Egbu, Okigwe, Onitsha, Port-Harcourt road.
According to a manager of a filling station along Okigwe road in Imo State, some stations who opened for business did not sell at the pump prize of N145 per litre.
Kyrian Onyema, a bus driver, who spoke to Vanguard said:
“I came out this morning and saw there was no fuel and when I saw fuel to buy, they were selling at N300 and N400 instead of 145 naira. This is too much for me.”
The situation also affected transport fares especially within Owerri metropolis where citizens had to pay twice of what they used to pay.
Some who came all the way from the rural areas were stranded, describing it as unexpected and said it negatively affected their budget for the day.
However, during the weekend, the former Group Managing Directors of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC), called for an upward review of the price of Premium Motor Spirit, also known as petrol, stating that the present price cap of N145 per litre is not in line with current economic realities.