Aghogho Dibirere, Reporting
SCORES of fuel and new naira notes seekers, on Tuesday, besieged filling stations and banks in search of the scarce commodities with little or no success.
This is coming in spite of the assurances by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) instructions to commercial banks to flood their ATM outlets with the new naira notes with a 10-day extension.
Checks by our correspondent on Tuesday showed an air of bedlam of some sort pervading the atmosphere as people go through stress and avoidable exploitation in the hands of fellow Nigerians.
At Unity Bank located at Warri Main Market, some semblance of respite pervaded the air as some ATM outlets of the bank were dispensing the new naira notes to a long queue of forlorn folks.
However, the maximum the ATM could belch is pegged at N10,000 for direct customers of the bank and a maximum of N5,000 for non-customers.
Each person on the queue under the scorching sun is given a tally before it gets to their turn to go inside and withdraw.
At the UBA close to Main Market, the ATM machine were also seen dispensing new naria notes of maximum of N5,000 and minimum of N1,000.
The queue was snakily long, with some folks arriving the ATM point as early as 6:00a.m.
FirstBank Plc complex at Warri Main Market would show no penitence! In spite of the crowd gathered in front of the gate, no cash in the bank’s ATM, whether old or new.
However, a lady, Mrs Stella, who was walking out of the bank said the ATM machine had earlier dispensed cash maximum of N5,000 in MY denomination only.
Sterling Bank located opposite Sacred Heart Cathedral, Warri-Sapele road has its ATM machine not dispensing cash old or new in spite of scores of folks keeping vigils in front of the bank.
It was gathered that only those banking with them could go inside and withdraw a maximum of N5,000 old naira notes as against the directive of the CBN.
Stonix News was also at Wema Bank branch at Warri Sapele road near Garage. A huge crowd of folks gathered in front of the bank, waiting for their turn to withdraw from the ATM an allowed minimum of N5000 new naira notes said to be available in the machine.
Meanwhile, checks at some filling stations revealed that a litre of PMS now goes for between N500 and N550 yet will long queues.
As a result, intracity transport fares have been jacked up such that from Igbudu Market to Effurun Roundabout that used to go for N200 is now N300.