Fuel scarcity hits Ogun state

Fuel scarcity spreads nationwide

The damaged pipeline in Arepo may be the cause of the fuel scarcity in Ogun.

The petrol scarcity being witnessed in some South-West states has hit Ogun State as motorists found it hard to purchase the product on Friday.

Motorists in Abeokuta, the Ogun State Capital, woke up on Friday to realise that petrol, which was readily available the day before, had suddenly become scarce.

Many fuel stations in the state capital simply refused to sell the product claiming they had none for sale.

At the few stations where fuel was sold, it was a thug of war among motorists to fill their car tanks, while the situation became uncontrollable in many of the petrol stations visited by our correspondent.

The source of the scarcity is linked to the pipeline vandalisation and explosion that occurred in Arepo, Ogun State. Following the explosion, the Nigerian National Petroleum Commission, NNPC, shut a major pipe which transports petrol to south western states.

An attempt by the oil agency to repair the damaged pipeline also saw their officials being attacked by the vandals. Three officials of the NNPC were killed on Sunday, by the vandals, while trying to repair the damaged pipeline.

The fuel scarcity is also being witnessed in Ondo, Osun, and Oyo States.

A motorist, Oyakhilome Idonije, said he was shocked to see people rushing to buy fuel on his way to office on Friday morning.

He said, it wasn’t until he approached three different fuel stations to add to the little fuel in his car that he realised that the scarcity was everywhere. Mr. Idonije said he had to queue for several hours at a fuel station in Oke-Ilewo, Abeokuta to buy petrol.

A civil servant, Soji Bisuga, said when he heard about the scarcity in the news, he parked his car at home in Sagamu, and took a commercial vehicle to his office in Abeokuta.