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Despite the backing down of the Federal Government on the removal of fuel subsidy, long fuel returned to petrol stations in Abuja on Wednesday.

The government had planned to remove fuel subsidy on petroleum products this, but rescind it’s decision following pressures from labour and civil sicieties.

The queues started Tuesday morning and continued through Wednesday.

Many filling stations in Jabi, Wuse and Lugbe areas of the city sold the product at prices ranging from N162 to N165.

Black marketers were also seen hawking the product in jerry cans to interested motorists and other consumers along Lugbe and Kubuwa axis.

The Nigeria Labour Congress had fixed January 27 and February 2 for protests across 36 states against the subsidy removal.

The government through the Minister of Finance on Monday announced a reversal of its plan to remove subsidy.

The government said it will retain fuel subsidy indefinitely and will work on amending the 2022 budget to provide funds for that purpose.

According to the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, the Nigerian government realised the timing of its planned removal of petrol subsidy is “problematic”, and will worsen the suffering of Nigerians.

Following the development, the NLC on Tuesday, announced it had suspended its proposed nationwide protest action over petrol subsidy removal.

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