Residents of the Southeast states of Anambra, Ebonyi and Enugu are in for a hard time as privately-owned petrol stations in the area have been shut down.

The shut is reported to be a result of leadership crisis rocking the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMA, Enugu Depot.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that all private filling stations in Awka, Enugu and Ebonyi were still closed to public as at the time of filing this report on Tuesday afternoon.

The report said only NNPC mega stations at Amawbia and Enugu in the two states were however, selling petroleum products to customers waiting in long queues.

Meanwhile, some school children and other commuters were seen stranded at various bus stops in Enugu as few commercial vehicles were plying the roads.

A commercial motorist, Mr Nnamdi Offor was reported to have told NAN that he was unable to go to work due to the artificial fuel scarcity created by IPMAN over the leadership tussle.

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Offor said that the other options available to him included buying from the black market or queuing up at the NNPC mega filing station.

“I closed late from work yesterday and hoped to buy petrol this morning only to discover that all filling stations in and around Awka were closed,” he said.

A commuter in Enugu, Mrs Gladys Onyia expressed disappointment at the development adding that there was no warning about the strike.

“I took my children to school in the morning but by the time I could get to my office, there were complaints of fuel scarcity in the state.

“This is a terrible period for such action because of the upcoming elections.”

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