Fuel Scarcity Looms As IPMAN Threatens To Shut Down Depots


There may be scarcity of petroleum products in Calabar, the capital city of Cross River State if nothing is done to pacify petroleum marketers.

This is because the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) Calabar Depot, has threatened to shut down depots and 400 petrol stations owned by its members over incessant police harassment.

The group noted that its members had been having a running battle with officers of the Nigeria Police Force over alleged attempts by the police to foist a factional leadership for IPMAN across Enugu, Aba, Rivers, and Cross River.

Early last month, the National President of the association, Alhaji (Engr.), Sanusi Fari, had directed its members in Port Harcourt, Aba, Calabar, Enugu and Makurdi depots to withdraw their services from all loading depots due to police harassment.

But barely three weeks after suspension of the strike following intervention by some top government officers and police authorities, crack team of policemen from Federal Housing Police Division Calabar again allegedly invaded the IPMAN secretariat on Thursday, September 29, 2021.

The Calabar Depot Chairman of IPMAN, Comrade Robert Obi, while speaking to journalists on the issue, said it was becoming a habit for the police not only to harass the leadership and attempt to impose a factional leadership even when the issues cornering who were the authentic chairmen and national president had been settled by the Supreme Court.

According to Obi, the Supreme Court judgment of February 21, 2019 and the interpretation given by the Federal High Court, Calabar, dated June 19, 2019 had settled the succession tussle “as both judgments recognised automatic succession of the Deputy National President, Alh Sanusi Abdu Fari, as National President of IPMAN, based on the 1997 constitution of the association.”

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