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 disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, September 16, in Enugu, added that the directive was in response to an alleged attack and invasion of the IPMAN secretariat in the Enugu depot, on Thursday, by men of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
The president said that 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 Sept. 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.
Rather, Ndukwe said that detectives from the Force Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Abuja, were on an investigation trip; to the IPMAN office to serve the association members’ invitation over a court matter.
Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has warned; that the repeated Sit-At-Home order by members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) may threaten its preparations for the Nov. 6 governorship election in Anambra.
INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Anambra, Dr. Nkwachukwu Orji, expressed the fears on Thursday, September 16; while speaking with newsmen in Nibo, Awka South Local Government Area.
He spoke shortly after the opening ceremony of the Election Monitoring and Support Centre (EMSC) AMBER Zone Implementers Workshop held in the state.
He also disclosed that the commission had so far recruited and mobilised about 25, 000 Ad hoc staff; that would man the 5, 720 polling units in the state.
Orji said attacks on INEC facilities on May 23 were a source of worry to the commission; especially as it strives to achieve huge success in the coming governorship poll.
“Our preparations are on course, even with all the challenges we are facing; such as the attacks on our state office on May 23rd and the Sit-At-Home order; which is eating into our preparations.
“But we are doing our best to ensure that we overcome these challenges; and we can only urge the public to be law-abiding; in order to achieve the desired electoral success in the state,” he said.