The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria in Rivers State has given the police 48 hours to vacate its secretariat in Alesa, Eleme Local Government Area, or its members will halt the distribution of products.
The state IPMAN chairman, Dr Joseph Obele, who gave the ultimatum, alleged that the security agency occupied the association office and harassed its elected leaders.
He said if the operatives failed to vacate the premises, IPMAN would be forced to suspend the loading of petroleum products in the state.
“The consistent interference of some officers of the Nigerian Police who claim to have the directive of a particular Deputy Inspector General of Police in Abuja can no longer be accepted. They are now harassing and intimidating the elected leadership of IPMAN in collaboration with some miscreants.
“We hereby call for the intervention of the Rivets State Government, the Inspector General of Police and the Rivers State Commissioner for the withdraw the officers of the Nigeria Police within 48 hours from our Secretariat at Alesa, Eleme.
“If not, we shall be left with no option than to withdraw our services as soon as possible if urgent intervention is not taken,” he stated.
However, the spokesman for the state police command, Nnamdi Omoni said he was out of the state but promised to find out and back to our correspondent.
Omoni had yet to give a feedback as at the time of filing this report.