Daily Trust (Abuja)

29 June 2012

Nigeria: Kaduna Curfew - Kerosene Scarcity Hits Abuja

The Abuja NNPC Mega station yesterday said it had no kerosene to sell because of the curfew imposed in Kaduna State following the recent attacks on churches and reprisals by Christian youths.

The station has had no stock of the product for almost a week now.

The development has led to the absence of long queues of consumers who thronged the station daily to buy the product.

Mr Stephen Yohanna, the Operations Supervisor at the filling station, described the situation as "unfortunate" but assured the public that loading of the product would soon resume now that the curfew hours had been extended.

"We get our supply of the product from Kaduna but the crisis there has hampered our operations here," Yohanna said.

Mr Baba Shettima, sales representative at the station, said that they were expecting two trucks of kerosene on Thursday.

Other filling stations visited did not have the product as well.

Mr Samson Olajumoke, Sales Supervisor at AP filling station, Central Area, corroborated the fact that the curfew in Kaduna had affected supplies.

Mrs Taiwo Ajala, a trader, said that lack of kerosene at the stations was already taking its toll on her catering business.

Meanwhile, black marketers are making brisk business as they are seen displaying the product in front of the various filling stations. They sold a litre for between N180 and N200. NAN

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