IPMAN bemoans illegal activities on oil installations, waterways
Head of Surveillance, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), has decried increasing illegal activities by unauthorised persons around oil and gas installations across the country.
A statement signed by IPMAN Publicity Secretary, Ossy Ehikioya, urged stakeholders to treat the operations of unauthorised individuals as criminals, and therefore report such to the security agencies for prosecution.
The statement further described some persons parading themselves as IPMAN South-South Petroleum Monitoring Group, as enemies of the system. IPMAN said: “These elements are also collecting money from unsuspecting operators including illegal operators, while aiding and abetting illegal activities on our waterways and around oil and gas installations.
“Consequently, we are by this notice, informing all stakeholders and the general public that there is only one IPMAN, and one Head of Surveillance,
IPMAN, in the person of Emmanuel Botu.“Whereas, Olotu has mobilised his force to halt the activities of these illegal team, he has ordered a prompt security response to apprehend the culprits. We hereby notify all stakeholders and the general public that these individuals and their collaborators are criminals and should be treated as such.
“The Surveillance Team of IPMAN under the leadership of Olotu is poised to clear the Nigerian waterways of criminal elements, and make it safe for oil marketers and the good people of Nigeria.”The union further expressed her commitment to ensure the protection of oil and gas products and meeting the demand of the presidential mandate for the oil and gas sector.