IPMAN – The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria has in an act of solidarity declared full support for NUPENG as regards their recent strike suspension.
The Association also excluded itself from a planned protest by a faction of the body in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Saturday.
Some persons under the aegis of IPMAN were reportedly said to have invited media houses to cover a protest against the state Commissioner of Police, Friday Eboka, at the Government House, Port Harcourt.
But the National President of IPMAN, Alhaji Debo Ahmed, in a statement made available to PUNCH correspondent in Port Harcourt, said those behind the planned protest were fake marketers of petroleum products.
While applauding the police commissioner for his intervention on the strike by NUPENG and Petrol Tanker Drivers, Ahmed urged security agencies to arrest anyone involved in the said protest.
The statement read in part,
“The National Executive Committee of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria under the Leadership of Alhaji Debo Ahmed, wish to disassociate ourselves from a proposed protest against the Commissioner of Police, Rivers State and the Petroleum Tanker Drivers of NUPENG.
“The promoters of this protest are not real marketers of petroleum products across the state and its environs. The Security agencies are called upon to arrest and profile them to avoid unnecessary breakdown of law and order.