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IPMAN threatens to suspend distribution of products to Aba, Enugu and others

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By Chimezie Anaso

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) on Saturday threatened to suspend the supply and distribution of products in its designated eastern area as of Monday.

IPMAN’s strike notice, contained in a circular signed by the association’s national president, Alhaji Sanusi Fari, comes against the backdrop of alleged harassment of its members by the police.

The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that depots to which IPMAN supplies products in its designated eastern area include Aba, Calabar, Enugu, Makurdi and Port Harcourt.

“As a result of the series of unwarranted police attacks on IPMAN, the East Zone comprising the IPMAN National Executive Committee has decided that members immediately withdraw their services from these units / depots until further notice.

“The Zone President, East, should kindly convey (the advice) to the Presidents, IPMAN, Aba, Calabar, Enugu, Makurdi and PH Depots / Units for compliance,” he said.

IPMAN explained that the notice was also intended to protest the forced eviction of a duly elected official at the Port Harcourt depot by police to pave the way for a group unknown to association members on Friday.

He said the national executive led by Fari had obtained a court order that legitimized its leaders and questioned why the police would allow a group of people to truncate a legitimate exco without due process.

“On Friday, a group loyal to a parallel faction that lost in court were forced to take over the IPMAN office at the Port Harcourt depot by force.

“Dr. Joseph Obele, the legally elected chairman of the repository was elected in October 2019 following an election in which these individuals participated.

“His mandate will expire in 2022; they should therefore allow him to complete his mandate.

“We take this opportunity to call on the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, to intervene and seduce his men so that they can allow the leaders of IPMAN recognized by law to have access to their offices at the depot. from Port Harcourt.

“We will not allow the reign of impunity in IPMAN.

“We have therefore resolved to withdraw our services in the East Zone indefinitely until legality is restored,” he said.

In response, SP Nnamdi Omoni, police public relations manager, Rivers State Command, explained that the police action was in accordance with a directive based on a Supreme Court order.

Omoni said the two sides were invited by state police commissioner Friday Eboka, who read them the judgment and the directive that beneficiaries of the judgment should be allowed to profit from the order.

“Both parties were invited by the CP and the order was read to them, so on that basis it was implemented,” he said. (NAN)

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