Scarcity of petroleum products seems to to imminent in Rivers State and neighbouring states following the takeover of the Rivers State secretariat of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN).
IPMAN chairman in the state, Joseph Obele, who disclosed this in a statement issued in Port Harcourt on Monday, threatened that the association will shut down services if the Nigeria Police fail to vacate the secretariat within 48 hours.
The statement alleged that the police takeover of the association’s secretariat has affected loading and dispensing of administrative functions.
The association frowned at what it described as consistent harassment of IPMAN leadership in Rivers State by some police officers allegedly directed by an unnamed Deputy Inspector General of Police.
Obele said: “The consistent interference of some officers of Nigeria Police with claims to have the directive of a particular DIG, Abuja, and by that, are now harrassing and intimidating the authentic elected leadership of IPMAN, in collaboration with some miscreants who are not even members of IPMAN, can no longer be accepted by us.”
“Our national executive committee under the leadership of our national president, Engr. F. Sanusi, has directed that we should remain calm and peaceful and call for higher authorities to intervene.
“We shall remain calm and continue with loading activities and dispensing to the general public.”
The IPMAN chairman appealed on the Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, and the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, to call erring police officers to order in order to avoid fuel scarcity in the state.
He urged: “We, hereby, call on the intervention of the governor of Rivers State, Inspector General of Police, Rivers State Commissioner of Police and the Director of DSS (Department of Security Service) to withdraw such officers of the Nigeria Police within 48 hours from our secretariat at Alesa Eleme.
“We shall be left with no option than to withdraw our services as soon as possible, if urgent intervention is not taken.”