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Strike: IPMAN denies backing protesters against police commissioner in Rivers 

By Obinna Nwaoku, Port Harcourt
19 September 2022   |   3:18 am
The national body of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has dissociated itself from a protest embarked on at the weekend by another faction in Port Harcourt.

The national body of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has dissociated itself from a protest embarked on at the weekend by another faction in Port Harcourt.

 
A faction of IPMAN was seen carrying placards in a procession at the weekend, protesting what they described as “unjust” treatment.   
 
The Guardian learnt that some persons under the aegis of IPMAN had protested against stakeholders in the oil sector and the role played by Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Friday Eboka. 
   
But the National President of IPMAN, Debo Ahmed, in a statement made available to newsmen in Port Harcourt,  yesterday, disowned the protesters, maintaining that those behind the protest are not real marketers of petroleum products.
 
He, however, lauded the intervention of Rivers State police commissioner in the strike by NUPENG and petrol tanker drivers, while urging security agencies to arrest anyone involved in the said protest.
 
He said: “The National Executive Committee (NEC) of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria under the Leadership of Alhaji Debo Ahmed, wishes to disassociate ourselves from a proposed protest against the Commissioner of Police, Rivers State and the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) 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.
 
“The Supreme Court judgment affirmed the 1997 Constitution of IPMAN, which remains the operative instrument of the Association.
 
“We, therefore, pass a vote of confidence on the Commissioner of Police, Rivers State and the PTD – NUPENG of Port Harcourt Zonal Council.
 
“We appreciate the Hon. Commissioner and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy and Petroleum.”

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