The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria has described as “fake” news making the rounds that its over 30, 000 members would be shutting down their filling stations.
The National Controller Operations, IPMAN, Mike Osatuyi, who spoke with newsmen on Tuesday, said the memo to members which emanated from the Chairman, IPMAN Borno chapter, Mohammed Kuluwa, earlier on Tuesday, asking all its members in the state to suspend services was a wrong move.
“Fake news. Bad eggs and sabotage,” Osatuyi told Punch.
Also, the IPMAN National President, Elder Chinedu Okonkwo, told The Publication when contacted that Kuluwa should not have issued the statement credited to him.
“He should not have issued the statement. In fact, he has retracted it,” Okonkwo said.
Kuluwa had earlier directed that IPMAN members in Borno State should suspend ordering products from source until further notice.
The association said the decision followed, “the critical situation as it affect our sourcing and selling of product at lost (sic) and the action of the authority to impose the selling of product at a lost price (sic) on our side,” the first statement read.
However, in the retraction issued later, Kuluwa said, “Having met with the concerned authority, all filling stations should open with immediate effect. Continue selling while the association continues with further consultation and accordingly keep you informed.”
On Sunday, the Public Relations Officer, Ibadan Depot, Mojeed Adesope, was said to have also issued a similar statement ordering IPMAN’s members in Oyo State to stop buying products and shut down their stations.
Mojeed, however, denied issuing such a statement after the publication contacted him.
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