Petrol scarcity worsens in South East as IPMAN embarks on strike
There are strong indications that the current fuel scarcity in the Southeast geo-political zone might worsen as the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has directed its members to withdraw their services from the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) loading depot in Enugu.
The National President of IPMAN, Alhaji Sanusi Fari, who gave the directive in a statement last Thursday, in Enugu, said it was in response to an alleged attack and invasion of the IPMAN secretariat in Enugu depot two days ago by men of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
Fari said the invasion and attack were carried out with impunity and against a subsisting court order.
“Sequel to this ugly development, the National Executive Committee of IPMAN has resolved and directed the withdrawal of our services at Enugu loading depot with immediate effect.
“This will stop our services to members of the public in Enugu, Anambra and Ebonyi from September 17 until the police illegality is reversed,” Fari said.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Enugu Command, ASP Daniel Ndukwe, denied that operatives of the Command blockaded or attacked the IPMAN secretariat in Enugu.
He, however, said detectives from the Force Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Abuja, were on an investigation trip to the IPMAN office to serve the association’s members invitation over a court matter.
It could be recalled that the Southeast had been grappling with an acute shortage of petroleum products following a strike by petroleum tanker drivers in the area.
The situation had caused a hike in the price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) in the zone as a litre currently sells for between N250 and N300 in most petrol stations.
Last Thursday, the petroleum tanker drivers suspended their strike, which prompted IPMAN to order its members to resume the sale of petrol at between N162 and N165 per litre.
However, with the latest order by IPMAN, there seems to be no reprieve yet for residents of the area.