The Nigerian National Petroleum Company [NNPC] Limited has called members of the public, especially those in the Federal Capital Territory and the environs, not to panic over the appearance of queues in petrol stations.

The national oil company informed in a statement yesterday that it has sufficient stock of petroleum products and the public should not give in to panic buying.

In the statement issued by the group general manager, public affairs division, Mr. Garba Muhammad, the NNPC explained that the current queue situation in some parts of Abuja and its environs was as a result of delays in arrival of fuel trucks from the various depots in the southern parts of the country.

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Muhammad said this was happening as a result of heavy flooding that had submerged parts of the highway passing through Lokoja, the capital of Kogi state.

The spokesman said that an incidence of a failed road section around Badegi-Agaie highway in Niger State also contributed to the delay of trucks from arriving the nation capital.

“Consequently, vehicles, especially fuel tankers, are finding alternative roads to get to their intended destinations. NNPC Ltd is working assiduously, in collaboration with relevant government agencies, to open up this major highway.

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“While we do that, we urge the general public to remain calm and not to engage in panic buying of petroleum products,” he advised.

According to him, the current situation is temporary and has nothing to do with shortage of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) as the NNPC Ltd has a thirty-day products’ sufficiency.

Meanwhile the long queues continued in major petrol filling stations in Abuja and the environs. Some of the frustrated motorists who spoke to newsmen complained that they had been the queue for close to eight hours

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Elsewhere outside the petrol filling stations are hordes of black market operators selling the same fuel in jerry cans for as much as two thousand five hundred naira for ten liters.             

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