Bauchi - The acute shortage of petrol in Bauchi has forced the few stations operating to be selling a litre of petrol for N120.
Checks by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday showed that a four- litre gallon of petrol is sold for N800 at the black market.
Many outlets have run out of supplies, while the few selling, mostly independent marketers, are having long queues of customers.
A cross section of motorists and commercial motorcyclists told NAN that petrol was rare in the metropolis.
They said that the scarcity was forcing them to buy from the black marketers at exorbitant prices.
Aliyu Ila, a commercial motorcyclist, who complained about the hike in the price, said he too had increased his charges.
``Normally I will charge about N50 from Mobil Junction along Jos Road to Fadama Mada area.
``But now, because of how much I buy a litre of petrol, I now charge N120 for the same distance, `` he said.
Musa Idris, a civil servant, said that it was sad that petrol was being sold at prices above N97 per litre.
He said he thought he was lucky to find a petrol station close to his house selling the product, but was dismayed to find that the product was sold at N120 per litre there.
``In the last three days I have not been able to buy petrol at the stations because most of them were shut.
``I have been buying from black marketers since then. But, today, I have managed to buy some litres at N120 from a station close to my home,`` he said.
He called on both the Federal and State Governments to intervene and make petrol available.