Petroleum Dealers in Ebonyi State today closed down their filing stations following what they described as over taxation and alleged manhandling of their members by government taxforce.

The development resulted in astronomical hike in fares by commercial bus drivers, motorcyclists and tricycle operators and also reduced considerably the number of private vehicles on the road.

A litre of fuel was being sold at five hundred Naira in the black market.

One of the Dealers who pleaded anonymity told Radio Nigeria that they closed their filing stations to deliberate on the actions of the state government and the enforcement of two hundred thousand Naira Annual Tax per pump on them.

The Special Assistant to the Governor on Petroleum Matters, Chief Bassey Onyibe said the shut down was to ensure total compliance to a scheduled meeting.

A Motorist who was stranded in one of the filing stations, Mr. Obinna Ede urged the dealers and the government to reconsider their positions on the matter to prevent residents from being subjected to hardship.


Amechi Odo/Abakaliki