Many petrol stations are currently shut down and not dispensing fuel in the city and the struggle had started since last weekend, Naija News observed.

Several cars and commercial vehicles have been packed on the road since the scarcity loomed.

Nigerians have then now taken to social media to express concern, frustration and anger over fuel scarcity, which is biting harder in some parts of the country.

Long queues were spotted earlier today in parts of Lagos and Abuja, causing motorists to hike fare amidst gridlock occasioned by the scarcity.

It became more serious as unusual long queues of vehicles at various filling stations in Ikoyi, Victoria Island and Lekki were noticed as residents spent longer periods trying to buy the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol.

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Gridlocks have been reported also in Ojodu-Berger to Lekki, Gbagada, Alapere, Oshodi-Apapa axis, Ajah, Sangotedo, Mile-2, among others.

At some stations, the long queues have spiralled into the major roads making vehicle movement even more difficult after getting the fuel.

There are insinuations that the sudden increased demand for fuel is due to a power outage following a fire incident that led to the shutdown of Nigeria’s largest power plant, Egbin, from the national grid, last week.

However, despite improved power supply across the city yesterday according to reports, just as in other places, there were long queues on Awolowo road in Ikoyi, which caused gridlock along the axis.

Also on the fuel scarcity, a popular Social Media pastor, tweeted via @Olubankoleidowu “We are finished! This fresh fuel scarcity is reminding us of what decision we should make come 2023. Nigerians be wise. God will not come down from heaven to fight your battles that was why he gave you brain”

A Nollywood actor, Alex Ekubo, is one among many Nigerians who have expressed sadness over the fuel scarcity in the country.

He wrote: “The negative uncertainty in this Nigeria is alarming.

“You just go out and on your way back, boom! Fuel scarcity.”

Aligning with Ekubo’s thoughts

Salihu tweeted via @salihusakpe “This is Nigeria where it’ll be white and the next minute it’ll turn to black”

Another Nigerian wondered why there should ever be petro scarcity.

He tweeted via @iamangelraf: “You will hate Lagos more anytime there’s fuel scarcity.

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“After data na fuel. Nigerians can hardly do without these products.”

Apparently feeling the harsh effect, A Nigerian tweeted via @tesla_tunes “They should not play rough play which one is fuel scarcity again at this time. Not this time pls”

@solaceomolaiye reacted by tweeting, “The rate of hold-ups in Abuja is becoming alarming amidst PMS Scarcity, is like we are having illegal migrants from Lagos into Abuja”

A source, who prefers anonymity, claims that the hardship Nigerians are suffering over fuel scarcity is a result of lack of petroleum product at the depots, but refused to dismiss speculations that fuel subsidy removal was connected with the current scarcity.

Frustrated, @abrahamgreat tweeted, “To be experiencing Motor spirit scarcity in one of the largest OPEC countries is one more proof that Nigeria is not designed for the citizens but for a sect of men who lack empathy, vision and strategy to transform anything.

“There is HOPE. This country shall be BUILT.”

Recall that the IMF, on Monday, insisted on fuel subsidy removal by the Nigerian authorities, saying there should be compensation for the poor and transparent use of resources.

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