Dele Ogbodo and Maryann Abin in Abuja
The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has solicited the assistance of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), in putting a stop the vandalism of oil installations, pipeline vandalism and diversion of petroleum products.
The Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Donald Awunah, the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), made the disclosure in Abuja.
According to the statement, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BOT), Alhaji Aminu Abdulkadir, commended the acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Kpotum Idris, and his management team on his new initiatives aimed at repositioning the NPF to international standard.
While lauding the IGP, on crime control across the country, he pledged that IPMAN will continue to partner the Nigeria Police Force in its efforts at reducing crime across the country.
He however informed that it is glaring to know that the lingering crisis that affected the stability of the association was resolved through the intervention of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and other stakeholders.
He said: “I assure you of IPMAN’s collaboration to check the activities of pipeline and oil installations vandals, illegal bunkering and diversion of petroleum products.
Also in a remark, the President of IPMAN, Chief Obasi Lawson commended the IGP and Nigeria Police Force for its giant strides in curbing crimes and criminality.
He promised to bring his experience to bear in checkmating crimes associated with pipeline vandalism.
In his response, Idris while appreciating the visit and thanked the management of IPMAN for the courtesy call.
The IGP expressed determination to implement core values in policing with accountability and responsibility throughout the country.
He assured the association that pipeline vandalism across the country will be accordingly tackled through deployment of strategic intelligence at oil installation sites and pipelines across the country.
The statement added that the IGP acknowledged the efforts of the BOT Chairman and his team in resolving the internal crisis within the association amicably.
He assured them of continuous Police supports to strengthen the existing relationship between the two organisations.