So, it is becoming clear that the scarcity is caused by a combination of factors – from supply hiccups on the part of NNPC to hoarding from petrol marketers looking to maximise profit.

On Christmas eve, a combined team of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR and security agents uncovered illegal fuel reservoirs in Abuja.

Speaking at the site of the mini depot, the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Maikanti Baru, said it is saddening to make such discoveries in the city center when less than 500 meters away, motorists were on endless queues.

During the sting operation, hundreds of jerry cans, 200-liter drums, and 500-litre tanks were uncovered.

Baru had told newsmen that in the corporation’s war room (where crucial issues are discussed during fuel crises), they asked themselves why the situation (fuel queues) had persisted.

Also Read: Fuel Scarcity: We Regret This Inconvenience – Osinbajo

But then, they got an intelligence report about these mini depots and “as you can see, these golf cars that are supposed to have 40 litres have tanks that can take 200 liters of petrol”.

“This other one is a mini depot. Although some of the products are diesel, the DPR says it is unauthorised. We have over 50 days’ supply of diesel and so there is no reason to hoard the product.’’

The Abuja Zonal Controller of DPR, Mr Mohammed Abba, also told newsmen: “we have arrested 20 people in connection with those who sell in jerry cans in Zone One alone and their facilities.

“We are handing them over to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, because the DPR has no capabilities to prosecute.

“We will test for forensic analysis and we will pursue the case to court’’.

Also Watch: Presidential Elections: This Journalist Wants To Unseat Buhari In 2019