There was heavy traffic gridlock in some parts of Lagos on Monday as motorists formed long queues outside the filling stations due to a fresh scarcity of petrol.
Ikorodu Road was busy as how motorists endured an unusually heavy gridlock due to a long queue of motorists waiting to buy petrol at filling stations. Also, the Total Filling station at the Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way had queues which led to heavy tariff around the Ikeja axis.
Many of the filling stations along the Ikeja axis, through Obafemi Awolowo Road in Ikeja were also shut due to fuel scarcity.
Meanwhile, some motorists had begun to hike the prices of their fares due to the development.
It is not immediately clear why fuel queues have resurfaced in Lagos.
It was gathered that a number of filling stations owned by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway did not dispense fuel too.
The National Vice Chairman of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, Hammed Fashola, said he was aware of the queues in some filling stations in Lagos.
However, Fashola said the queues might be due to panic-buying on the part of customers.
“I am not in Lagos as we speak. But I heard about it too that there are queues in Lagos. It may just be panic buying. I am not sure there is fuel scarcity. People are just panicking. However, I will find out what the problem is,” Fashola said.