The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) on Tuesday said it has no plan to shut down all filling stations in the country.
BrandSpur Nigeria reports that this was made known by IPMAN’s National Controller Operations, Mike Osatuyi, who was reacting to news that the association ordered over 30,000 members to shut down their filling stations.
Osatuyi described the news as baseless and fake.
He, however, condemned the memo the Chairman, IPMAN Borno chapter, Mohammed Kuluwa, sent to all its members in the state to suspend services earlier on Tuesday.
Osatuyi said, “Fake news. Bad eggs and sabotage.”
Also, the IPMAN National President, Elder Chinedu Okonkwo, said 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.”