March 22, 2023

IPMAN threatens to withdraw services from South East

Some members of the Ondo State chapter of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) have staged a peaceful protest over alleged illegal evacuation of diesel, kerosene and premium motor spirit (PMS) from the NNPC depot in Ore, Odigbo local government area of the state.

Fuel scarcity is looming as the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), has threatened to withdraw its services totally from Eastern part of the country if the harassment and intimidation from the security agencies continue without check from the Federal Government.

This was contained in a statement by the Eastern Zonal Chairman, Prince Bobby Eberechi Dick on Friday, which was made available to newsmen.

The IPMAN, alleged that some miscreants, who are not members, even without having filling stations went ahead to secure the services of security agencies to harass and intimate its members.

According to the statement: “The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) Eastern Zone wish to draw the attention of the federal government to the incessant harassment and intimidation of our members by security Agences.”

“Few days ago some miscreants who are not members of our association, who do not have even one filling station went and secured the services of the Nigerian Police, the Army, the Civil Defence to block the gate of private depots where we load petroleum products in Rivers state, saying every IPMAN member must pay a levy of fifteen thousand naira (N15000) before our members can load.”

“Also on the claim by one of them, Mr Aliche Oti that petroleum tanker drivers are holding IPMAN levy, to put the record straight petroleum tanker driver don’t collect IPMAN levy, IPMAN staffs are deploy to all the depots to do their legitimate work. It is the IPMAN that buys product and hire the services of tanker drivers.”

“When the report got to the zonal executive council of Eastern zone, investigation was carried out to know where they are deriving their powers from and on what bases, we found out it was an act of intimidation to force our members to do the wish of their pay masters.”

“IPMAN has legitimate constituted authority headed by our National President, Alhaji Ahmed Dhebo.”

“Base on this act of harassment and intimidation, we have withdrew our services from all the private depots in Rivers State. We are calling on the Federal Government especially our dogged governor of Rivers state, Chief Nyesom Wike to intervene.”

“We know the Governor cannot allow anyone to disrupt the good business environment he has created in River state. This will cause a serious scarcity in Rivers state and neighbouring states.”

“If this harassment, intimidation and blockage of the depots where we are doing our legitimate business by these hoodlums and hired security agent is not addressed, we will have no other choice than to shut down all stations within Eastern Zone.”

“We are law abiding citizens, we are being guided by the constitution of IPMAN and constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. With IPMAN the distribution of petroleum products within zone is assured,” the statement ended

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