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Residents lament as fuel queues resurface in Abuja

Indications emerged Saturday that fuel queues have resurfaced in petrol stations across Abuja, the nation’s capital city, with many motorists scrambling to get petroleum products.

The recent development is coming days after Nigeria’s presidential and National Assembly elections.

Last Saturday, Nigerians elected a new leader to assume the office of the president on 29 May.

Bola Tinubu, the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), was declared the winner of the presidential election.

In recent months, Nigerian motorists and household users have had a tough time getting petroleum products at filling stations across the country.

The scarcity persisted despite the government’s repeated claims it had enough petroleum products in stock.

But amid complaints from many Nigerians, the fuel supply situation improved in Abuja and some major Nigerian cities.

However, a PREMIUM TIMES correspondent who visited petrol stations around the metropolis Saturday evening found that queues have yet again resurfaced in the city.

Queues

Across the nation’s capital city, some filling stations were shut to buyers while others along Lugbe airport road, Wuse and Gwagwalada were besieged by end-users queuing to buy petrol.

The same trend was witnessed around Kubwa Road, Wuye, Bwari, Jabi and Utako areas of the city.

At one of the NNPC outlets in the Central Business District along Wuse Road, there was a huge crowd Saturday evening as motorists struggled to buy the producct.

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A car owner, Kelvin Ode, told our correspondence that the return of fuel queues in Abuja was likely as a result of the just concluded election.

“I don’t know if you noticed that there were no petroleum queues during the election period and I’m not sure this particular queue is a serious one, I just think this is because of the just-concluded election. But people are already panic buying,” Mr Ode said.

A long queue was also seen at the Mobil filling station in Utako.

“I’m surprised at this recent queue. I just hope we are not going into the era of scarcity again,” Ogunmoroti Adiza, a taxi driver who was at the station, said.

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