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Insecurity: IPMAN Threatens to Shut Down Petroleum Stations in Oyo State

…..by Abisoye Shola……..
Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, (IPMAN), Oyo State branch said in Ibadan yesterday that it may be forced to shut down all petroleum stations in Oyo State.

IPMAN said that the security situation in the State is becoming worrisome The petroleum products marketers saidt the killing of innocent citizens in some parts of the state is frightening.

It said in the last one month, the state has witnessed the killing and kidnap of no fewer than seven people in some parts of the state.

No fewer than four people have been kidnapped in the state in the last three weeks.

Among the four people kidnapped in the last three weeks are a woman abducted at a Quarry site in Moniya, a farmer kidnapped along old Ibadan/Oyo road, Mrs. Jimoke Oludele-Babalola, an elder sister to Mr. Sunkanmi Babalola, member representing Egbeda State Constituency in the Oyo State House of Assembly and a medical doctor in Ibarapa North Local Government Area of the State.

It was gathered that out of the four people kidnapped in the last three weeks, only one of them, Mrs. Jimoke Oludele-Babalola has been released.

Among those who were killed at the weekend is a petroleum dealer, Mrs Sherifat Adisa, who owns Subawah petroleum.

IPMAN in its reaction has threatened to shutdown all filling stations in the State.

IPMAN Chairman, Ibadan Depot, Alhaji Bukola Mutiu, said all filling stations in Ibarapa zone of the State had been ordered to close down.

Mutiu, in a statement obtained by yerterday, said the closure of all filling stations in Ibarapa was a warning to the Oyo State government to urgently arrest the growing trend of killings and kidnap of petroleum dealers in the state.

While describing the killing of Mrs Adisa as one too many, he warned that except the trend is arrested, all filling stations in the State would be shut down.

Mutiu said, “This killing and kidnapping has become so rampant as series of cases have been coming up recently.

“On Saturday, one of us, Alhaja Sherifat Adisa, who was the owner of Subawah petroleum, was kidnapped at about 7:30 p.m. from her office and two people were also killed in her station. Her corpse was found at about 11:00 p.m. close to her station.

“The IPMAN has decided to close down all petrol stations in Ibarapa till something is done by the government to protect them and if something is not done, the shutdown of all petrol stations will be extended to Oyo State as a whole.”

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