Fuel Scarcity: Oil Marketers Blackmail Nigerians, Hold Country To Ransom

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Nigerians have on Wednesday urged oil marketers to show concern to the plight of the citizenry, going by the sufferings and the economic hardship their actions have brought upon the country.

It was learnt that due to the fuel scarcity witnessed across the country, some aggrieved respondent have accused the marketers of holding the country to ransom and deliberately blackmailing Nigerians with their demands.

A source who works in the bank described as false claims by some of the marketers that they are finding it difficult to import fuel because banks have stopped lending to oil companies.

The source who preferred anonymity said some of the banks are still lending to the oil marketers, due to the fact that Nigerian banks understand the peculiar situation faced by the oil marketers.

Another source argued that the renewed desperation to collect their outstanding payments before May 29 might be connected to the massive fraud in the petroleum subsidy regime.

He said, “We wonder why the marketers suddenly became desperate to collect the money owed them, to the extent that they have stopped fuel importation over the issue. The oil marketers are aware of the challenges confronting the government, we expect them to be considerate and go about making their demands with a human face.

“I believe the desperation was because the marketers are afraid that the incoming administration will probe the petroleum subsidy scheme and sanction individuals found wanting.”



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