By Gabriel Elozino
The Federal government may have announced the suspension of its earlier proposed subsidy removal, but this may not have stopped petrol dealers from hoarding the product as petrol scarcity hit Warri and its and environs, following uncertainty over the announcement by the minister of finance.
Filling stations monitored by our correspondent in the Warri Garage and other areas in Warri South, Uvwie Local Government Areas and Ughelli, Ughelli north local government area, were without the product.
The Trumpet gathered that there were long queues of vehicles and persons with different sizes of jerry cans in few filling stations monitored.
Meanwhile, black marketers were seen taking advantage of the situation as they sold the scarce commodity even by the sides of the filling stations.
All the managers and pump attendants who were approached for comments said that they were ignorant of the cause of the scarcity
Efforts to hear from Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) as at the time of filing this report were unsuccessful.
However, a renowned public analyst, Chief Akpojotor Adjarho who spoke to our correspondent on the issue, noted that the scarcity was artificial as he said that the Federal Government of Nigeria had shelved the planned removal of petrol subsidy.
He therefore, called on the relevant authorities to apprehend filling stations that are hoarding fuel.