Petrol scarcity spreads to Abeokuta as IPMAN suspends threat to go on strike

The ongoing shortage of petrol nationwide has spread to Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

Most of the filling stations in the city are not selling product to motorists.

Meanwhile, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has withdrawn its threat to stop selling products in its 900 filling stations in Lagos and parts of Ogun State as from Monday.

The marketers issued the threat to protest the sale of petrol above the approved price by private depots to its members.

Lagos State chairman, Alhaji Alanamu Balogun, announced the suspension of the planned strike at a meeting with oil marketers in Lagos on Wednesday.

He explained that the decision followed an appeal from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), which had invited by NNPC, the union for a meeting on December 14 in Abuja.

Balogun also said the marketers withdrawn the decision to stop panic buying by motorists since IPMAN issues its threat to suspend sale of product as from Monday.

The IPMAN chairman dismissed claim by NNPC that a litre of petrol is still being sold to independent marketers at N133.38 at the depots, instead of N144, and that there is adequate supply of petrol at the Ejigbo depot.

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