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Another massive fuel scarcity is currently looming in the Southeastern region as had been gathered by The Eastern Updates.
And this is because some of the members of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) have openly threatened to withdraw their services from the zone due to maltreatement.
IPMAN had also noted that the union was ready to withdraw its services from the area if what it described as harassment and intimidation from some the security agencies continue without check from the federal government of Nigeria.
Eastern Zonal Chairman, Prince Bobby Eberechi Dick made these declarations on Friday.
Dick in a statement alleged that some miscreants are intimidating members of the union.
He had also alleged that the miscreants went ahead to secure the services of security agencies in order to harass and intimate members of the association.
He added that the union reported the case to the zonal executive council of the Eastern zone.
The statement said, “The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigerian (IPMAN) Eastern Zone wishes to draw the attention of the federal government to the incessant harassment and intimidation of our members by security agencies.
“A few days ago some miscreants who are not members of our association, who do not have even one filling station went and secured the services of the Nigerian Police, the Army, and the Civil Defence to block the gate of private depots where we load petroleum products in Rivers State, saying every IPMAN member must pay a levy of fifteen thousand naira (N15000) before our members can load.
“When the report got to the zonal executive council of the Eastern zone, an investigation was carried out to know where they are deriving their powers from and on what bases, we found out it was an act of intimidation to force our members to do the wish of their paymasters.
“If this harassment, intimidation and blockage of the depots where we are doing our legitimate business by these hoodlums and hired security agents are not addressed, we will have no other choice than to shut down all stations within Eastern Zone.
He said an investigation was carried out to know where they were deriving their powers from and on what bases but it was discovered that those who were intimidating members of the union had secured the service of security agencies.