Border Closure: Petrol now sells for N600 per liter at border towns
Following the decision of the Federal Government to suspend the supply of petrol to areas 20 kilometres to the country’s borders, the price of the commodity has increased automatically, a report has revealed.
Following the new order, fuel price in Ogun, Lagos, Adamawa, Katsina, and Sokoto states, has surged as scarcity looms in communities such as Ihunbo, Ilase, Ajegunle, Idiroko and Agosasa in the Ipokia Local Government Area of Ogun.
Similarly, at the Seme border in Lagos on Monday, November 11, there were fuel queues as only two filling stations were opened for business.
More so, many filling stations were said to be shut in Ogun.
Confirming the price hike, Elijah Akinola, a resident of Ipokia, lamented that Nigerians living in the border community areas are forced to bear the pain of the government’s policy on the closure of the borders.
He said: “Can you imagine buying a litre of fuel at the rate of N600? Before we can get fuel for N145 in Ipokia, we will need to go to Owode, which is 28 kilometres away. We don’t know what we can do to survive.
“Before the Federal Government’s order, they (security agents) used to take bribes from marketers before allowing them to export fuel to Benin Republic.
Now that the Federal Government has stopped supply of fuel supply to border communities, we are the ones suffering. Artisans, even medical personnel, are the ones suffering.”
Akinola also said one person reportedly died in Ipokia due to the inability of the hospital to purchase petrol to treat the deceased.
President Buhari ordered the closure of Nigeria’s land borders in October, due to smuggling activities from neighboring countries like Benin, Niger, Ghana etc.
It has long been reported that most of the petrol meant for the Nigerian market are often smuggled to neighboring African nations at higher prices.