NANS pickets fuel stations in Asaba, as scarcity hits Badagry
Students of tertiary institutions in Asaba, Delta State yesterday picketed some filling stations for selling above N145 per litre.
The President of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Chinonso Obasi, led the barricade.
The angry students forced the defaulting filling stations to revert to the approved price.
Piqued by the action, some filling stations resisted the move, leading to a temporary halt in the sale of fuel to motorists.
At one of the stations along the Benin-Onitsha expressway, Finefield Petroleum, where fuel was sold for N160.00, the management shut down its operation when they a monitoring team approached the place.
The situation caused a long queue of vehicles that were waiting to refill their tanks.
Three female pump attendants were arrested at the station by the monitoring team, who handed them over to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC).
Other filling stations where the price was forcibly reverted to N145.00 were Rain oil and Askon, both within Asaba metropolis.
The union leader said the action became necessary as the students are returning to campus after the holiday.
In Badagry, Lagos State, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) has disclosed that fuel scarcity is biting harder.
A correspondent, who visited some petrol stations in the town, observed that they were locked.
Also at Seme border area, most stations were closed, while a few that opened sold for as high as N230 per litre.
As a result, commercial vehicles were off the road, even as the few available ones increased their fares by 100 per cent.
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