Yesterday in Imo State, a litre of fuel, was sold between N300 and N400 due to shut down of filling stations in the state. The ugly event, which caused confusion among motorists in the morning hours, was said to be 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, on Wednesday night.
According to his report, some who opened for business did not sell at the pump prize of N145 per litre. A bus driver, Kyrian Onyema who spoke to our reporter, “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 has negatively affected their budget for the day.