Kano - Many petrol marketers in Kano State have increased their pump price from N97 per litre to between N110 and N120.
Checks by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano and other major towns on Friday showed that the few petrol filling stations that were selling at the official price of N97 had long queues of vehicles.
Some stations have closed their gates in spite of having the product.
There were allegations that some stations were selling to illegal marketers to maximise profit.
Illegal marketers in Kano were exploiting the situation by increasing their price from N550 for four-litre gallon to between N700 and N750.
Some motorists alleged that the crisis was caused by independent marketers.
When contacted, Alhaji Bashir Bello, the Chairman of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria in Kano, said Kano residents were lucky for having the product.
‘’Let them go to Abuja or Lagos and see what is happening, they will commend our members for making effort to provide the commodity in the state, ’’ he said.
According to him, there are many marketers whose petrol tankers spent three months in Lagos without getting the commodity.
``People should stop accusing us and let them find out the cause of the scarcity from the authorities concerned, ’’ he said.