Hadejia - Motorists in Hadejia, Jigawa, have decried persistent fuel scarcity in the area due to alleged diversion of the petroleum products by marketers.
Some of the available servicing stations are said to have jacked up prices by about 45 per cent, above the N87 approved pump price.
A litre of petrol was sold at N130 at the service stations while the product attracts N180 per litre in the black market.
A litre of kerosene was also sold at N185 in the black market.
Some motorists said that the situation had exposed them to difficulties.
Some of the petrol marketers, who spoke under condition of anonymity, attributed the scarcity to high cost of transporting the products from southern to the northern part of the country.
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A commercial bus operator, Umaru Abdullahi, said that he was experiencing difficulties in obtaining the Premium Motor Spirit and purchasing it at exorbitant price.
"I am spending much on fuel due to the lingering petrol scarcity."
Another resident, Mahmud Yunusa, said that high cost of kerosene had forced him to fall back on firewood for his domestic needs.
"I prefer firewood due to the fact that it’s cheaper in price, despite its cumbersomeness."
Yunusa urged the Federal Government to adopt practical measures to end the fuel scarcity and enhance its availability in the country.