PETROLEUM CRIME FIGHTERS BERTH IN AKWA IBOM. By Assam Abia.

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The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), National Anti-petroleum Crime Committee, South South, on Thursday inaugurated its office in Akwa Ibom to tackle petroleum crimes.

The office located at number 18 Azikiwe Street in Oron was officially opened for action by the Chairman IPMAN National, South South petroleum monitoring committee, Prince John Okorosa.

“Henceforth, its not going to be business as usual for perpetrators of petroleum crimes in Akwa Ibom State, because we have finally come to assist all relevant security agencies to put a stop to the activities of petroleum vandals, smuggling, adulteration and other petroleum crimes within the South South Coastal Waterways in the State”, Okorosa said, with a note of warning.

He called on members of the petroleum crime fighting Committee in the State headed by Mr Sunday Okoh Ekwai not to compromise and betray the confidence reposed in them by the Federal Government through IPMAN but to work and ensure to the total eradication of adulterated products in the State.

Responding, the head of operation, South South, Akwa Ibom, Mr Sunday Okoh said his Committee will live up to the mandate given to them as they were familiar with the waterways of the Coastal region in which most of the petroleum crimes were being committed, adding that the Commissioner of Police Akwa Ibom State has shown his readiness to assist IPMAN in the performance of its duties.

“The recent closure of land borders in Nigeria is a good development because petroleum products were being smuggled out of the country to neighbouring countries, we will assist law enforcement agencies in combating the menace of petroleum crimes in Akwa Ibom State”, the head of operation said.

Mr Ekwai noted that the waterways of Akwa Ibom was porous to aid pipe line vandalism and oil bunkering because of its border with other States and the Republic of Cameroon, stressing that his team will comb out all vandals from the creeks.

The opening ceremony was attended by personalities from across the country and members of IPMAN from Cross River State, Rivers and Bayelsa.

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