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Funny Fuel Stations In Benin Republic (Pictures) by travelwaka: 9:51am On Aug 25, 2021
I have visited the Republic of Benin a couple of times, one thing I noticed is the lack of filling stations across the nation. So I decided on my next visit, I will look out for fuel stations. One thing is obvious, at every corner of the country, there are black fuel marketers selling fuels in gallons along the street. This can be seen in almost every nook and cranny of this country.
On further enquiry, I discovered most of the fuel was smuggled from Nigeria. After spending three days in the city and driving several kilometres. Finally, I found only three fuel stations. Out of the three, only one of them had fuel. It is because people hardly buy fuel from filling stations. They prefer to buy from black marketers. You will hardly see cars pulling over at filling stations to purchase fuel. Other residents who do not buy the black market fuel would travel from the Republic of Benin towards Seme or Idiroko border in Nigeria to purchase fuel, then drive back to their country.

It got me thinking, how can a whole country run on illegal fuel trade? It is a story for another day.

The Facts
The majority of the fuel used in Benin is smuggled from Nigeria
There is an organized fuel smuggling cartel that runs the business from Nigeria all the way to Benin Republic.
Locals claim These trades are aided by the Nigerian customs, police and immigration officers stationed along that route. They pay bribes to be able to ship through the route. Also, the Nigerian borders are so porous, people also smuggle fuel through some illegal routes.
These illegal trades serve as a source of employment to thousands of Benin Republicans who engage in this trade.
Fuel in the Republic of Benin is more expensive than in Nigeria. Buying fuel in Nigerian is cheaper because the cost of petrol is subsidized by the Government.
The Benin Republic Government is turning a blind eye to this illegal trade. This illegal business serves as a source of livelihood to thousands of residents. Also, it does not have any negative economic implications on their economy. Benin is a poor country and since the government cant provide them jobs, they rather just let the trade continue
The smuggled fuel in Benin is between 20 to 40 per cent cheaper than the official pump price. This illegal trade didn’t start today, it has been ongoing for over 2 decades.


Source: https://www.travelwaka.com/check-out-the-fuel-stations-in-benin-republic/

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Re: Funny Fuel Stations In Benin Republic (Pictures) by travelwaka: 9:51am On Aug 25, 2021
This has become a normal trade in the country.

We are visiting Benin Republic, please join the train

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Re: Funny Fuel Stations In Benin Republic (Pictures) by dawnomike(m): 10:03am On Aug 25, 2021
Bad for Nigeria... Good for Benin Republic

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Re: Funny Fuel Stations In Benin Republic (Pictures) by OkuFaba(m): 10:29am On Aug 25, 2021
When he tells you he's into petroleum marketing, and owns a petrol station.


grin grin grin

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Re: Funny Fuel Stations In Benin Republic (Pictures) by OkuFaba(m): 10:29am On Aug 25, 2021
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Re: Funny Fuel Stations In Benin Republic (Pictures) by travelwaka: 12:38pm On Aug 25, 2021
It's a sad story, you can imagine how many million litres of fuel meant for Nigerians leaving the Nigerian shore weekly

dawnomike:
Bad for Nigeria... Good for Benin Republic

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Re: Funny Fuel Stations In Benin Republic (Pictures) by tillaman(m): 1:51pm On Aug 25, 2021
Lwkmd

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Re: Funny Fuel Stations In Benin Republic (Pictures) by otokx(m): 5:04pm On Aug 25, 2021
Nigeria subsidizing the economies of other countries.

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Re: Funny Fuel Stations In Benin Republic (Pictures) by travelwaka: 5:20pm On Aug 25, 2021
Crazy ,this is costing us billions yearly. If we can end this, It will save us billions yearly and it will cause a ripple economic problems in most west African states

otokx:
Nigeria subsidizing the economies of other countries.

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Re: Funny Fuel Stations In Benin Republic (Pictures) by googlepikins: 4:44pm On Sep 01, 2021
99% of the fuel they use over there is from Nigeria.

Dangote refinery will really reduce pains across ECOWAS country.

I'm begging Dangote not to be in business with that evil curse call NNPC

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Re: Funny Fuel Stations In Benin Republic (Pictures) by generalwhite(m): 4:45pm On Sep 01, 2021
grin grin grin grin grin
Re: Funny Fuel Stations In Benin Republic (Pictures) by Bossinho(m): 4:45pm On Sep 01, 2021
Laugh one kill me ooo

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Re: Funny Fuel Stations In Benin Republic (Pictures) by Pidginwhisper: 4:45pm On Sep 01, 2021
Nigerian fuels smuggled across the porous Northern borders.

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Re: Funny Fuel Stations In Benin Republic (Pictures) by Lamasta(m): 4:45pm On Sep 01, 2021
They are fuel marketers grin Benin Chapter

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Re: Funny Fuel Stations In Benin Republic (Pictures) by Trademan: 4:45pm On Sep 01, 2021
Made in Nigeria, Selling fast in Benin Republic. grin grin

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Re: Funny Fuel Stations In Benin Republic (Pictures) by superamoled: 4:46pm On Sep 01, 2021
One for the DJ, one for the hype man

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Re: Funny Fuel Stations In Benin Republic (Pictures) by Tyranny: 4:46pm On Sep 01, 2021
That's good, as long as he ain't kidnapping, sucking blood and all that shît, I think we're cool! My nigga always says "when life gives you lemon, make lemonade"

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Re: Funny Fuel Stations In Benin Republic (Pictures) by CreamyDesign: 4:46pm On Sep 01, 2021
grin
Re: Funny Fuel Stations In Benin Republic (Pictures) by DuduParaPara: 4:46pm On Sep 01, 2021
We have same here.

Is it cos ours is plastic containers?

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Re: Funny Fuel Stations In Benin Republic (Pictures) by arthurwillia(m): 4:46pm On Sep 01, 2021
Hmm make I go there pogo open filling station dey Humphrey mi

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Re: Funny Fuel Stations In Benin Republic (Pictures) by 41lady(m): 4:47pm On Sep 01, 2021
This is not new, same way they sale fuel in Maiduguri and they smuggle also to Cameroon.

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Re: Funny Fuel Stations In Benin Republic (Pictures) by eyeon(m): 4:47pm On Sep 01, 2021
Get your cars drunk.
Make motor follow driver shayo. grin

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Re: Funny Fuel Stations In Benin Republic (Pictures) by tstx(m): 4:47pm On Sep 01, 2021
Okay
Re: Funny Fuel Stations In Benin Republic (Pictures) by Bamzyriches451: 4:47pm On Sep 01, 2021
Werey
Re: Funny Fuel Stations In Benin Republic (Pictures) by barnaby04(m): 4:48pm On Sep 01, 2021
Nigeria's petrol being sold openly in Benin Republic.

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Re: Funny Fuel Stations In Benin Republic (Pictures) by Nobody: 4:48pm On Sep 01, 2021
grin. That is why Black market is cheaper than the normal pump price in both Benin and Togo republic undecided

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