From Uche Nnorom Makurdi
Long queues were yesterday seen in most petrol stations in Makurdi, Benue State capital as the fuel scarcity bites harder.
The stations include, the NNPC Mega station located along Makurdi-Otukpo Federal Highway, Rainoil filling station, Bolex and several others.
At the Rainoil filling station, some motorists including Musa Tanko Madaki and Mrs. Gloria Torkula lamented over the fuel scarcity been experienced in the country at this time.
Mrs. Torkula said she had been at the station since 4 am, accusing officials of the Station of deliberately hoarding the product and refusing to sell to motorists
While Musa, a motorcyclist accused management of the Station of fraudulent activities, alleging that they collect 500 naira from motorcyclists and black marketers before dispensing fuel to them.
“I have been here since 6 am and they refused to sell fuel to us while they are selling to those with Jerry cans and collect 500 Naira from them”, he fumed.
Irked by attitude of the Station whose manager was nowhere to be seen just he refused to receive calls from his mobile phone, officials of the Department of Petroleum Resources led by it manager, operations Abdulrahman Mohammed sealed one of the pump and intervened to ensure smooth sale of the product to motorists.
Same situation was witnessed in Bolex and Jenny petrol stations. At the latter, it was discovered that the station had over 140,000litres of petrol and deliberately refused to dispense to motorists on claims that the angle dispensing point got damaged in an fire which engulfed the station recently.
Speaking to newsmen after the supervision Abdulrahman Mohammed who stood in for the Operation Controller in charge of Benue and Nasarawa State Mr. Francis Olo lamented over the ongoing fuel scarcity which he said is artificial.
He warned filling station owners who are hoarding the product and refusing to sell to the public that they face fine or outright closure if they continue in this act.