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‘No IPMAN Member In DSS Custody’

Posted: Jan 14, 2016 at 7:03 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
Chinwendu Nnadozie
The Independent Petroleum products Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Minna Depot on Thursday said none of its members is being held by the Dirctorate of State Security Services (DSS) over the lingering fuel scarcity in Niger state.
Contrary to speculations that two officials of the association were arrested for hoarding fuel, the IPMAN chairman, Minna Depot which feeds Niger and Kebbi state, Alhaji Adamu Erena in an interview said there was no truth in the report.
“None of our member or official was arrested for hoarding fuel or because they are selling to black marketers. I heard the SSS arrested some black marketers who were trying to disrupt customers from buying fuel in some filling stations, possibly they are mistaken for IPMAN members”.    
Erena however said it is possible the confusion leading to the arrest of some black marketers as they were trying to disrupt smooth dispensation of fuel to customers in some filling stations was created by the Directorate of Petroleum Resources (DPR) representative in Niger state.
Though it is not possible to give account of members, Erena who said he has not received report about any of his men being held said he is aware that the DPR Engineer Abdul Isah Jankara instigated the auctioning of fuel in some filling stations belonging to IPMAN members and this may have fuelled the speculations. 
Adamu Erena told our correspondent that independent petroleum marketers in the two states is not against federal government plans to make fuel and other petroleum products available to all Nigerians as being insinuated but IPMAN is being confronted with the non-availability of the commodity except to the major marketers who are multi-national oil companies.
He cautioned the DPR in the state against creating more confusion by way of setting the general public against independent marketers as people sabotaging the government, a crisis he said could linger on even after end of his tenure, saying, “I am not aware of any IPMAN member within Minna Depot that is in SSS custody”.
“The whole crisis started when the DPR auctioned fuel in some filling stations belonging to independent marketers and telling Nigerians that we refused to comply with the federal government directive. How do we force major marketers who are given subsidy to sell to us at government rate? The DPR should mandate major marketers to sell at N77 to us so that we can sell for N86”.
Meanwhile, black marketers are having swell time by the opportunity created by fuel scarcity. Many of the independent marketers, according to findings have gone underground following the rumour that they are being hunted by the SSS hence most of the filling stations owned by independent markers within Minna metropolis had their gates locked.