By Ajuwa Victor, Asaba
Commercial tricycle riders Anderson Ikem, Obaro Lucky and Jones Okoh who spoke to journalists in separate chats accused some filling stations in the twin cities of sharp practices of hoarding and increasing pump price, just as they appealed to the relevant authorities to check the excesses of the said filling stations.
A manager of a filling station along Warri /Sapele Road, Warri who declined to disclose his identity to journalists stated, “We are watching the situation like other filling stations. So you people (reporters) should also interview workers of other filling stations.”
Meanwhile investigation indicated that there was increase in pump price as high as one hundred and fifty naira per litre of petrol and panic buying of the product in most filling stations in the Warri and Effurun.
However, a staff of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) who also spoke on condition of anonymity allayed fears over the scarcity of the product, saying that the panic was “baseless and unfounded rumour on subsidy removal,” he said.