The Conoil and Total filling stations on Herbert Macaulay Way, opposite the NNPC Towers witnessed long queues even as black marketers made brisk business selling petrol at exhorbitant amount to motorists.
Other filling stations, including the NNPC Mega station on the Olu Obasanjo Way, also had long fuel queues.
The black marketers sold a 10-litre keg of fuel for between N2,000 and N1,700 depending on the buyer’s bargaining power.
Though the Abuja Environmental Protection Board and the Department of Petroleum Resources had threatened to arrest black marketers, findings by our correspondent showed that the agency never carried out the threat.
The black marketers, it was observed, operated between 6am and 11pm daily.
The long queues, occasioned by the scarcity, it was learnt, started before Christmas, though fuel tankers discharged petroleum products daily into some of the stations.
A manager at a filing station, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said his station got fuel supply daily but added that the demand outstripped the supply.
He explained, “We get fuel supply on a daily basis; at least three tankers discharge fuel every day, but the demand is very high, coupled with the fact that many stations are not selling, so there is a lot of pressure on the ones that are dispensing and that is why the queue is not reducing.”