Kano - Petrol scarcity has returned to Kano metropolis with motorists forming long queues at filling stations to purchase the commodity.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the shortage which started on Monday has crippled socio-economic activities in the city.
A NAN investigation revealed that some profiteers have capitalised on the situation to increase the price of the commodity.
It was learnt that a four-litre container of the commodity which used to sell for N450 now costs between N600 and N650.
Some petrol marketers in the city have also increased the pump price from N97 to between N100 and N105 per litre.
NAN also observed that some of the marketers have closed their service stations even though they have the commodity in stock.
When contacted, the state Chairman of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Bashir Danmalam, attributed the problem to inadequate supply from the NNPC depot in Kano.
"If we are getting enough supply of the products from NNPC, you will not see the long queues at the filling stations.
"So it is not our fault but the fault of the authorities concerned.
"We have just arisen from a meeting with the NNPC officials on how to address the problem and I will keep you informed of any further development," he said.
The NNPC Depot Manager was said to on leave when NAN visited the depot for his comments while other officials declined to comment.
NAN reports that the scarcity which the residents described as 'artificial', is happening for the second time this month.