Fresh petroleum crisis looms in South-East as IPMAN withdraws services

The Independent Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has directed its members to withdraw their  services from the Nigeria National Corporation (NNPC) loading depot in Enugu.

The National President of IPMAN, Alhaji Sanusi Fari, who disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, in Enugu, added that the directive was in response to an alleged attack and invasion of the secretariat in the Enugu depot, on Thursday, by men of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).

The president said that the invasion and attack were carried out with impunity and against a subsisting court order.

“Sequel to this ugly development, the National Executive Committee of has and directed the withdrawal of our services at Enugu loading depot with effect.

“This will stop our services to members of the public in Enugu, Anambra, and Ebonyi from Sept. 17 until the police illegality is reversed,” Fari said.

contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Enugu Command, ASP Daniel Ndukwe, denied that operatives of the command blockaded attacked the secretariat in Enugu.

Rather, Ndukwe said that detectives from the Force Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Abuja, were on an investigation trip to the office to the association’s members invitation over a court matter.

The NEWS of NIgeria (NAN) recalled that the South-East had been grappling with an acute shortage of products, following a strike by tanker drivers in the area.

The situation had increased the price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) in the area as a litre currently sells between N250 and N300 in most petrol stations. (NAN)