Breaking: Fuel scarcity looms as IPMAN threatens shutdown of filling stations in 48 hours

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The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has said its members may shutdown all filling stations, and cut down supplies effective Tuesday, should the Federal Government and Inspector General of Police fail to address illegalities by the police force.

National Public Relation Officer, (PRO) of IPMAN, Yakubu Suleiman, said on Sunday, in an interview with journalists in Jos.
It will be recalled that some police officers, have last Friday, sieged the IPMAN National Secretariat, for unknown reasons.

However, the IPMAN PRO said following the illegal clampdown on their Secretariat by the police, on alleged sponsorship by some impostors parading themselves as executives of IPMAN, aggrieved members and officials at states, zonal and depots levels, have held series of meetings and threatening to shutdown filling stations.

“Whereas there is subsisting Supreme Court judgement of December, 2018, that have since disposed off a suit No. SC15/2015, and ordered that Mr Chinedu Okoronkwo, is our President and Alhaji Danladi Garba Pasali, as National secretary.

“The continues violation of this judgement, even by the police is causing more harm to the downstream sector of the petroleum industry, which if such is not halted will lead to impunity and anarchy,” he said.

He frowned at the police sieged of their Secretariat, adding that similar impunity had last week led to the closure of Suleja depot, stressing that if not for the national Secretariat intervention,  supply to Abuja and other places would have been truncated.

“It is true that members of IPMAN in many States across sections of Nigeria, have met and others are meeting and communicating to us that they will shutdown, from Tuesday.

“The implications would be there will be shortage or fuel scarcity in the country,” he said. 

The IPMAN PRO, said the chief justice of the federation, the federal ministry of petroleum resources, the NNPC, the National Assembly, as well as the Inspector General of Police, must act in protection of the laid down rules of law.

“We are calling on all arms of government including the security agencies to take the necessary action, towards halting impunity in the downstream sector of the petroleum industry,” he said.