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IPMAN disowns protesters, backs NUPENG’s strike suspension

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The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria has dissociated itself from a planned protest by a faction of the body in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Saturday.

This came as persons under the aegis of IPMAN invited newsmen 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 our correspondent in Port Harcourt, said those behind the planned protest were not real marketers of petroleum products.

While lauding 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.

“We therefore pass a vote of confidence on the Commissioner of Police, Rivers State and the PTD – NUPENG of Port Harcourt Zonal Council.”

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