Long lines of vehicle have appeared once again at filling stations in Abuja after a widespread gossip of an expected increment in the pump price of fuel.
Reporting from the country’s capital, we observed that one filling station, Con Oil, came up short on fuel and was forced to close the station.
At the Total filling station in the Central Business District, the line extended towards the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) building.
Queues were noticed in other stations in the city while black marketers went to the streets to sell their product.
The sudden rush to purchase fuel ahead of Christmas and New Year celebrations was prompted by a rumor that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) would soon increase the pump price of petroleum.
However, the NNPC debunked the rumor and assured Nigerians that it has no plans to increase prices both at the pump and ex-depot level.