The Nigerian government says it has found an unsafe quantity of methanol in petrol imported into the country and has cited that as a reason for the latest round of fuel shortage that has led to long queues in Abuja and other major cities. Nigerians have taken to social media to complain about damage to their cars after buying what they describe as dirty petrol at filling stations.

Motorists across Nigeria fuming at fuel shortage caused by dirty petrol

Nigerians especially in Abuja and Lagos have endured an erratic supply of fuel for nearly a year now, with filling stations operating at reduced capacity despite the government's repeated claims it has enough stocks. The crisis started in 2021 after the government announced its plan to remove fuel subsidy. Marketers, who the regulators accuse of hoarding the product, have refused to resume normal operations even after the suspension of the subsidy removal plan.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited has assured Nigerians that it has intensified efforts at increasing the supply of petrol into the market. NNPC has named four companies responsible for importing bad petrol into the country which has led to an acute shortage of the product across the country.

The companies, the importing vessels and the product origin were listed as: MT Bow Pioneer LITASCO Terminal, Antwerp-Belgium, Emadeb/Hyde/AY Maikifi/Brittania-U Consortium, MT Tom Hilde - LITASCO Terminal, Antwerp-Belgium, Oando MT Elka Apollon - LITASCO Terminal, Antwerp-Belgium, and Duke Oil MT Nord Gainer-LITASCO Terminal, Antwerp-Belgium. Duke Oil is a subsidiary of the NNPC Limited.