Fuel stations along Nigeria’s land borders have closed and prices
have spiked after customs authorities banned deliveries of petroleum
products to stations within 20 kilometres (12 miles) of the border in an
attempt to curb smuggling.
Border communities have complained
about the move, however, prompting Nigeria’s lower chamber of parliament
on Tuesday to call on the customs service to lift the indefinite ban.
Africa’s top crude oil producer imports most of its refined fuel due to
the moribund state of its refineries. Some 10-20% of Nigerian fuel is
then smuggled to neighbouring countries, according to the Major Oil
Marketers Association of Nigeria, as gasoline is heavily subsidised in
The Nigerian Customs Service issued the directive on
6 November. The country’s land borders have been closed to trade since late August