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Petrol scarcity reigns, marketers sell above N97 per litre

DESPITE the Federal Government’s directive that petrol should sell for N97 a litre, most fuel marketers across the country have been found foot-dragging, prompting calls on the relevant regulatory bodies to practically ensure compliance with the ne…

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Petrol-price-3-1-12DESPITE the Federal Government’s directive that petrol should sell for N97 a litre, most fuel marketers across the country have been found foot-dragging, prompting calls on the relevant regulatory bodies to practically ensure compliance with the new pump price.

Essentially, the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) and the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) were urged to move swiftly against the marketers who, 48 hours after President Goodluck Jonathan announced the new price, have remained reluctant to comply, claiming to have run out of stock.

In Ekiti State, Governor Kayode Fayemi, who personally monitored compliance with the new price at the various filling stations in Ado-Ekiti, threatened clamp down on any marketer who sells above the new price or short changes buyers.

At a filling station in Old Garage, the price on the fuel pump was N140 but the petrol attendant claimed that petrol was sold for N97 a litre.   Fayemi asked the attendant to quickly change the price to N97. Most of the filing stations visited claimed not to have petrol but Fayemi insisted on checking their tanks to confirm the claims.

In Lagos, most filling stations have not opened to customers, making the DPR to vow to force the marketers to sell the product and at the approved price. The Controller of Operations at the DPR Zonal Office in Lagos, Mr. Gbenga Koku, who lamented refusal of marketers to sell petrol, said the agency had directed its surveillance teams to visit filling stations.

A source at the Apapa petroleum depots said lifting of petrol had started as the deport operators complied with the government’s directive. “Some of the marketers here have started loading. I don’t know why the filling stations have refused to sell, may be they are strategizing for excess profit, because many of them don’t expect the price to drop soon after a number of transactions have been made at the old pump price,” the source said.

Report from Taraba State indicates that petrol marketers have also not complied with the new price.  At a press briefing, the state Chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Jonah Kataps and that of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Bobboi Kaigama lamented that security agencies who were armed to the teeth to monitor workers’ strike could not as well “monitor compliance with the new price of petrol in our filling stations.

“We are calling on the security agencies, especially the Commissioner of Police to make sure they go round all the petrol stations to compel immediate adjustment of petrol pumps to the new price rate. If they fail in that aspect, our strike monitoring teams would not hesitate to take that responsibility upon themselves.”

In Enugu, petrol was still being sold at prices ranging from N160 to N170 a litre yesterday even as transport fares were not reduced.              

The Guardian observed many filling stations that were selling fuel while the strike lasted refused to open. Those that opened were still selling above the official pump price.

At the Bontus Filling Station, Presidential Road where a product was sold for N160, the attendant told The Guardian that she was working on instructions. “Since they have reversed to N97 a litre, we have not been supplied products, so what we are selling is what we bought during the strike. I don’t think we can go below this until the stock is finished,” said a female attendant.

It was the same story in Imo State as most filling stations in the 27 local councils monitored by The Guardian left their meters at prices ranging from N170 to N200 a litre as at yesterday. No reason was given by the operators for not re-adjusting their meters to N97, but it was learnt that the marketers claimed, “they purchased their stock at the price they were selling.”

In Kebbi State where marketers are also yet to sell petrol at the new price, the NLC leadership disclosed plan to monitor filling stations to ensure compliance. The state NLC Chairman, Alhaji Sadiq Kaoje, said, “our officials will go round the filling stations with a view to ensuring compliance with the new price so that motorists are not short-changed.”      In Abuja, there are signs that marketers are yet to adjust to the new N97 a litre of petrol yesterday as fuel queues returned to the city. Most filling stations within Abuja metropolis did not sell petrol to motorists, claiming they were out of stock.           

Olalekan Ashamu, a taxi driver bemoaned the long queues, saying, “I don’t know what is happening in this country. Government just slashed the price slightly to N97 from N141 after moving it up from N65 on January 1, and suddenly, there is no fuel at filling station. Something must be amiss somewhere. When petrol was N141 a litre, it was available everywhere but just when government decided to reduce it to N97, it disappeared from the filling stations. I don’t want to believe that government is taking away what it gives us with the right hand with the left. I hope this queue will go away soon because the strike is not fully called off yet, Labour only suspended it. I expect Labour to resume the strikes and protests if these queues continue.”

It was, however, a different story at filling stations in Dutse, Jigawa State capital where the marketers have complied with the new pump price of N97 a litre.                 

The Guardian checks revealed that all the filing stations in Dutse have adjusted their meters to the new price. It was observed that there was a long queue only at the NNPC mega station in the town.             

A worker of Conoil Filling Station along Bye-pass, Alhaji Sule Mamman, said they adjusted their meters immediately the new price was announced by President Jonathan on Monday.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has assured Nigerians that there is no need to embark on panic buying.

The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the NNPC, Dr. Levi Ajuonuma told The Guardian that there was adequate stock, blaming the long queues on the long holiday occasioned by the anti-subsidy removal protests.

He said: “You know we are just returning from a long holiday and so people are still buying fuel to begin the week and get themselves in shape for their duties. We expect that the queues will disappear within a few days. We will also want to appeal to marketers to follow the new price regime and desist from hoarding products. We have enough stock that can last many days. So, there is no need to either panic or hoard products.”

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  1. Iteshi

    January 18, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Everything still bounced back at corruption in the country. This is one of the reasons why people lamented against govt changing the price of fuel in the first place. No rules and regulations based on the price management. The worst still, the marketers adjusting their meters whereby when u paid for 30 litres, they will give 21 litres. The govt continues to fail their people grossly.

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Man United and Arsenal Go Head To Head In The Premier League on DStv

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It’s another big weekend for Manchester United as they face Arsenal in the English Premier League on Sunday November 1, 2020.

Still battling with a wobbly start to the new season, the Red Devils will be looking forward to ending their home games woes as they face the Gunners at the Old Trafford in the Super Sunday match.

United head into the match under intense pressure to regain fans’ confidence and get its Premier League campaign on track after an unimpressive home run. They have won their last 10 away games in all competitions but none of their last five at home.

It is United’s worst start to a season at Old Trafford in the last 48 years.

The once dreaded Old Trafford where opponents visit with their hearts in their mouths is fast becoming a common ground after United suffered 3-1 loss to Crystal Palace, 6-1 to Tottenham and refused to score a goal against the Blues last weekend. It is left to be seen whether Arsenal will come close to repeating the 6-1 plummeting of United by its North London rivals.

Despite losing 1-0 to Leicester City on Monday night, the Gunners boss, Mikel Arteta, will be boosted by the fact that his side has a head to head advantage over United in their last three encounters.

The head to head record appears to favour Arsenal having won two and drawn one of the duo's last three league meetings while United’s last win against Arsenal was in the FA Cup in 2019.

Arsenal presently at 10th place on nine points travel to Old Trafford on Sunday without Gabriel Martinelli, Pablo Mari, Rob Holding, Calum Chambers have all been ruled out with injury. David Luiz who picked up a muscular injury against Leicester is also unsure for the game yet.

United with seven points sits at 15th place will also be without Anthony Martial still serving his domestic suspension, while Eric Bailly, Jesse Lingard and Phil Jones are all ruled out with injury.

While we look forward to the epic battle at Old Trafford this weekend live on DStv, we cannot lose sight of matches from the 18 other Premier League clubs that will all be in action this weekend. The games will also be live on
SuperSport Premier League for all DStv customers.

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

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Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq

Following the outbreak of violence in some quarters of the State, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State has declared a 24-hour Curfew on the state starting on Saturday.

Governor Abdulrazaq made this known in a statewide broadcast on Friday night.

Recall that on Friday some residents of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital stormed the warehouses where the government stored COVID-19 palliatives expected to be distributed to citizens.

Also Read: BREAKING: Lagos Government Relaxes Curfew

The warehouses, located at the cargo warehouse of the International airport in Ilorin as well as the agro-mall located in the Sango area of the state were totally ransacked as residents struggled to pack as much food items as they could.

Abdulrazaq said, “Lives are being threatened. Businesses are being looted. Public properties have been targeted. This is unacceptable. It is not who we are.

“To curb these acts of criminalities, I hereby declare a 24-hour curfew in Ilorin metropolis from midnight today October 23rd, 2020. This is in line with Sections 1, 2, and 4 of the Public Order Act Chapter 382 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004.

“People are urged to stay indoors in compliance with this curfew. This will be reviewed as we watch developments.

“Our observation is that what has happened today is not a protest, it cannot be defended under any guide, it was a pure act of criminality as some people are hiding under the guise of nationwide protest.”

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Lagos Policemen Brutalise PUNCH Journalists For Covering #EndSARS Protest

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Two PUNCH journalists, Femi Dawodu and Segun Odunayo, were on Wednesday brutalised by policemen guarding the Lagos State House of Assembly in Ikeja.

The duo had gone to cover events around the Alausa area, a major demonstration ground of the #EndSARS protesters calling for a total overhaul of the Nigeria Police Force.

According to the PUNCH, both Odunayo and Dawodu were recording a live video of activities in the area when the policemen accosted them and ordered them to stop the recording.

After showing the policemen their identity cards, indicating that they are journalists covering #EndSARS protests and monitoring compliance with the government-imposed curfew, the policemen became annoyed and pounced on them.

Odunayo said the policemen tortured them for four hours, adding that they stripped them of their clothes, laid them on the floor, beat them with a stick and guns, and took a video recording of them while torturing them at the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Odunayo said, “Femi and I were at the Secretariat in Alausa around 7 am and were doing a live video of the activities going on in the area. We were heading back to the expressway when a group of armed policemen accosted us at the Lagos State House of Assembly roundabout and immediately collected our phones. We showed them our ID cards, but they refused to let us go.

“What got the policemen annoyed was that we saw them using a stick and a rubber to beat a young man, and during the live video, they heard me saying that they were beating someone. So, after they arrested us, they tortured us and demanded that we should do another live video denying the statement, but we refused.

“Each Time we refused, they slapped us, used a stick to beat us, used the butt of their guns to hit our heads and bodies after stripping us of our clothes. All they wanted was for us to do another live broadcast to claim that we lied and we didn’t because we told the truth.”

Dawodu said it took the intervention of the state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi before they were released at the Alausa Police Station, adding that before their release, the policemen took their details, including their addresses, took a video record of them and threatened to go after them if any negative report was published about what happened.

He said, “The policemen were transferring the aggression of what is happening regarding the #EndSARS protest on us. They later took us to the Divisional Police Station in Alausa, and if not for the DPO, the policemen guarding the LSHA that arrested us would have done more grievous things to us.

“The PPRO and the DPO later spoke with them, and we were released.

“But despite his intervention, we were told to write statements. They collected our details, address, took video recordings of us making false statements during the torture, and threatened to use it to blackmail and go after us if we end up doing any bad report against them.”

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Petrol scarcity reigns, marketers sell above N97 per litre

DESPITE the Federal Government’s directive that petrol should sell for N97 a litre, most fuel marketers across the country have been found foot-dragging, prompting calls on the relevant regulatory bodies to practically ensure compliance with the ne…

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Petrol-price-3-1-12DESPITE the Federal Government’s directive that petrol should sell for N97 a litre, most fuel marketers across the country have been found foot-dragging, prompting calls on the relevant regulatory bodies to practically ensure compliance with the new pump price.

Essentially, the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) and the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) were urged to move swiftly against the marketers who, 48 hours after President Goodluck Jonathan announced the new price, have remained reluctant to comply, claiming to have run out of stock.

In Ekiti State, Governor Kayode Fayemi, who personally monitored compliance with the new price at the various filling stations in Ado-Ekiti, threatened clamp down on any marketer who sells above the new price or short changes buyers.

At a filling station in Old Garage, the price on the fuel pump was N140 but the petrol attendant claimed that petrol was sold for N97 a litre.   Fayemi asked the attendant to quickly change the price to N97. Most of the filing stations visited claimed not to have petrol but Fayemi insisted on checking their tanks to confirm the claims.

In Lagos, most filling stations have not opened to customers, making the DPR to vow to force the marketers to sell the product and at the approved price. The Controller of Operations at the DPR Zonal Office in Lagos, Mr. Gbenga Koku, who lamented refusal of marketers to sell petrol, said the agency had directed its surveillance teams to visit filling stations.

A source at the Apapa petroleum depots said lifting of petrol had started as the deport operators complied with the government’s directive. “Some of the marketers here have started loading. I don’t know why the filling stations have refused to sell, may be they are strategizing for excess profit, because many of them don’t expect the price to drop soon after a number of transactions have been made at the old pump price,” the source said.

Report from Taraba State indicates that petrol marketers have also not complied with the new price.  At a press briefing, the state Chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Jonah Kataps and that of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Bobboi Kaigama lamented that security agencies who were armed to the teeth to monitor workers’ strike could not as well “monitor compliance with the new price of petrol in our filling stations.

“We are calling on the security agencies, especially the Commissioner of Police to make sure they go round all the petrol stations to compel immediate adjustment of petrol pumps to the new price rate. If they fail in that aspect, our strike monitoring teams would not hesitate to take that responsibility upon themselves.”

In Enugu, petrol was still being sold at prices ranging from N160 to N170 a litre yesterday even as transport fares were not reduced.              

The Guardian observed many filling stations that were selling fuel while the strike lasted refused to open. Those that opened were still selling above the official pump price.

At the Bontus Filling Station, Presidential Road where a product was sold for N160, the attendant told The Guardian that she was working on instructions. “Since they have reversed to N97 a litre, we have not been supplied products, so what we are selling is what we bought during the strike. I don’t think we can go below this until the stock is finished,” said a female attendant.

It was the same story in Imo State as most filling stations in the 27 local councils monitored by The Guardian left their meters at prices ranging from N170 to N200 a litre as at yesterday. No reason was given by the operators for not re-adjusting their meters to N97, but it was learnt that the marketers claimed, “they purchased their stock at the price they were selling.”

In Kebbi State where marketers are also yet to sell petrol at the new price, the NLC leadership disclosed plan to monitor filling stations to ensure compliance. The state NLC Chairman, Alhaji Sadiq Kaoje, said, “our officials will go round the filling stations with a view to ensuring compliance with the new price so that motorists are not short-changed.”      In Abuja, there are signs that marketers are yet to adjust to the new N97 a litre of petrol yesterday as fuel queues returned to the city. Most filling stations within Abuja metropolis did not sell petrol to motorists, claiming they were out of stock.           

Olalekan Ashamu, a taxi driver bemoaned the long queues, saying, “I don’t know what is happening in this country. Government just slashed the price slightly to N97 from N141 after moving it up from N65 on January 1, and suddenly, there is no fuel at filling station. Something must be amiss somewhere. When petrol was N141 a litre, it was available everywhere but just when government decided to reduce it to N97, it disappeared from the filling stations. I don’t want to believe that government is taking away what it gives us with the right hand with the left. I hope this queue will go away soon because the strike is not fully called off yet, Labour only suspended it. I expect Labour to resume the strikes and protests if these queues continue.”

It was, however, a different story at filling stations in Dutse, Jigawa State capital where the marketers have complied with the new pump price of N97 a litre.                 

The Guardian checks revealed that all the filing stations in Dutse have adjusted their meters to the new price. It was observed that there was a long queue only at the NNPC mega station in the town.             

A worker of Conoil Filling Station along Bye-pass, Alhaji Sule Mamman, said they adjusted their meters immediately the new price was announced by President Jonathan on Monday.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has assured Nigerians that there is no need to embark on panic buying.

The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the NNPC, Dr. Levi Ajuonuma told The Guardian that there was adequate stock, blaming the long queues on the long holiday occasioned by the anti-subsidy removal protests.

He said: “You know we are just returning from a long holiday and so people are still buying fuel to begin the week and get themselves in shape for their duties. We expect that the queues will disappear within a few days. We will also want to appeal to marketers to follow the new price regime and desist from hoarding products. We have enough stock that can last many days. So, there is no need to either panic or hoard products.”

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Man United and Arsenal Go Head To Head In The Premier League on DStv

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It’s another big weekend for Manchester United as they face Arsenal in the English Premier League on Sunday November 1, 2020.

Still battling with a wobbly start to the new season, the Red Devils will be looking forward to ending their home games woes as they face the Gunners at the Old Trafford in the Super Sunday match.

United head into the match under intense pressure to regain fans’ confidence and get its Premier League campaign on track after an unimpressive home run. They have won their last 10 away games in all competitions but none of their last five at home.

It is United’s worst start to a season at Old Trafford in the last 48 years.

The once dreaded Old Trafford where opponents visit with their hearts in their mouths is fast becoming a common ground after United suffered 3-1 loss to Crystal Palace, 6-1 to Tottenham and refused to score a goal against the Blues last weekend. It is left to be seen whether Arsenal will come close to repeating the 6-1 plummeting of United by its North London rivals.

Despite losing 1-0 to Leicester City on Monday night, the Gunners boss, Mikel Arteta, will be boosted by the fact that his side has a head to head advantage over United in their last three encounters.

The head to head record appears to favour Arsenal having won two and drawn one of the duo's last three league meetings while United’s last win against Arsenal was in the FA Cup in 2019.

Arsenal presently at 10th place on nine points travel to Old Trafford on Sunday without Gabriel Martinelli, Pablo Mari, Rob Holding, Calum Chambers have all been ruled out with injury. David Luiz who picked up a muscular injury against Leicester is also unsure for the game yet.

United with seven points sits at 15th place will also be without Anthony Martial still serving his domestic suspension, while Eric Bailly, Jesse Lingard and Phil Jones are all ruled out with injury.

While we look forward to the epic battle at Old Trafford this weekend live on DStv, we cannot lose sight of matches from the 18 other Premier League clubs that will all be in action this weekend. The games will also be live on
SuperSport Premier League for all DStv customers.

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq

Following the outbreak of violence in some quarters of the State, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State has declared a 24-hour Curfew on the state starting on Saturday.

Governor Abdulrazaq made this known in a statewide broadcast on Friday night.

Recall that on Friday some residents of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital stormed the warehouses where the government stored COVID-19 palliatives expected to be distributed to citizens.

Also Read: BREAKING: Lagos Government Relaxes Curfew

The warehouses, located at the cargo warehouse of the International airport in Ilorin as well as the agro-mall located in the Sango area of the state were totally ransacked as residents struggled to pack as much food items as they could.

Abdulrazaq said, “Lives are being threatened. Businesses are being looted. Public properties have been targeted. This is unacceptable. It is not who we are.

“To curb these acts of criminalities, I hereby declare a 24-hour curfew in Ilorin metropolis from midnight today October 23rd, 2020. This is in line with Sections 1, 2, and 4 of the Public Order Act Chapter 382 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004.

“People are urged to stay indoors in compliance with this curfew. This will be reviewed as we watch developments.

“Our observation is that what has happened today is not a protest, it cannot be defended under any guide, it was a pure act of criminality as some people are hiding under the guise of nationwide protest.”

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Lagos Policemen Brutalise PUNCH Journalists For Covering #EndSARS Protest

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Two PUNCH journalists, Femi Dawodu and Segun Odunayo, were on Wednesday brutalised by policemen guarding the Lagos State House of Assembly in Ikeja.

The duo had gone to cover events around the Alausa area, a major demonstration ground of the #EndSARS protesters calling for a total overhaul of the Nigeria Police Force.

According to the PUNCH, both Odunayo and Dawodu were recording a live video of activities in the area when the policemen accosted them and ordered them to stop the recording.

After showing the policemen their identity cards, indicating that they are journalists covering #EndSARS protests and monitoring compliance with the government-imposed curfew, the policemen became annoyed and pounced on them.

Odunayo said the policemen tortured them for four hours, adding that they stripped them of their clothes, laid them on the floor, beat them with a stick and guns, and took a video recording of them while torturing them at the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Odunayo said, “Femi and I were at the Secretariat in Alausa around 7 am and were doing a live video of the activities going on in the area. We were heading back to the expressway when a group of armed policemen accosted us at the Lagos State House of Assembly roundabout and immediately collected our phones. We showed them our ID cards, but they refused to let us go.

“What got the policemen annoyed was that we saw them using a stick and a rubber to beat a young man, and during the live video, they heard me saying that they were beating someone. So, after they arrested us, they tortured us and demanded that we should do another live video denying the statement, but we refused.

“Each Time we refused, they slapped us, used a stick to beat us, used the butt of their guns to hit our heads and bodies after stripping us of our clothes. All they wanted was for us to do another live broadcast to claim that we lied and we didn’t because we told the truth.”

Dawodu said it took the intervention of the state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi before they were released at the Alausa Police Station, adding that before their release, the policemen took their details, including their addresses, took a video record of them and threatened to go after them if any negative report was published about what happened.

He said, “The policemen were transferring the aggression of what is happening regarding the #EndSARS protest on us. They later took us to the Divisional Police Station in Alausa, and if not for the DPO, the policemen guarding the LSHA that arrested us would have done more grievous things to us.

“The PPRO and the DPO later spoke with them, and we were released.

“But despite his intervention, we were told to write statements. They collected our details, address, took video recordings of us making false statements during the torture, and threatened to use it to blackmail and go after us if we end up doing any bad report against them.”

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