Premium Motor Spirit, otherwise known as petrol, is selling at N500 per litre in the black market in Kaduna State as government began enforcement of ban on sale of petroleum products in jerry cans.
This is over 500 percent increase against the official rate of N87 per litre.
A visit to Shema Filling station along Dutsinma Street in Tudun Wada, Kaduna on Thursday morning showed many black marketers defying government’s ban, selling a four-litre gallon at N2,000.
It however goes for between N1,500 and N1,800 per gallon at some obscure locations along Muhammadu Buhari Way, Ali Akilu Road, Nnamdi Azikwe Way, Kachia Road, among other places.
Other filling stations visited by our reporter along Nnamdi Azikwe Way that previously sold at N175 to N185 per litre have now closed their stations due of fear of clampdown by the Department and Petroleum Resources, DPR.
“We are tired of this hard situation. Those boys are having a field day selling fuel at N2,000 per gallon,” a motorist, Ayuba Sule, lamented to PREMIUM TIMES.
Another motorist, Amina Gele, called on government to ensure availability of the commodity at filling stations.
“We are calling on government to ensure availability of the fuel in filling station in order to discourage such illegal self-enrichment,” Ms. Gele said.
The Kaduna State Security Council on Tuesday banned the sale of petroleum products in jerry cans throughout the 23 local government areas of the state.
A statement by Samuel Aruwan, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, said the council based its decision on legal and security considerations as well as the environmental hazard petroleum products in jerry cans can cause.