Imo State Government through the Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere among others has resolved the the rift between Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps and Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, South East.
Following the altercation with the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, which led to the shooting of one of their staff, a tanker driver in Okigwe local government area of Imo State by the officers of Civil Defense, the IPMAN shut down all fuel stations in protest throwing the residents metropolis Owerri and its environ into confusion.
Learning of the unfortunate incident and the untold suffering the protest has brought upon the hapless citizens of the State, The Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere swiftly waded into the matter to mediate between the warring bodies, which lasted about 4 hours in the Office of the Deputy Governor, Government House, Owerri, Imo State before reaching a truce.
Prince Eze Madumere while speaking to the newsmen said the intervention was necessary because of the attendant suffering to the people with its negative effect in businesses as workers and businessmen found it difficult to attend to their daily work and businesses.
The number two citizen of Imo State further remarked that though the unfortunate event did not warrant the act of throwing the innocent people into suffering over what they know nothing about, he called for a better working relationship between the security agency and the Independent Petroleum Marketers.
Speaking earlier the Zonal Commandant Zone E, Mr. Ben Dikuro averred that the misunderstanding that ensued between his officers and the tanker drivers was in the course of their statutory function to check against illegal bunkering, none diversion of petroleum product and protection of pipelines against vandals that a tanker driver was shot, which he described as unfortunate and unintended. He however did mention if there was any illegality perpetrated by the victim. He however extolled the intervention of Imo State Government through the Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere, which led to a truce.
Also speaking, the Chairman of South East Independent Petroleum Marketers Association, Chief Bobby Eberechi said what happened was unfortunate but their protest was premised on the fact that human life was involved. While decrying the wanton running issues they been having with the officers of Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, he expressed happiness on the prompt intervention of Imo State Government where they were able to bring to the table other issues militating against the smooth transportation of the petroleum product.
Among others who were present with the Deputy Governor are the Commissioner for Information, Tourism and Public Utilities, Chief Vitalis Orikeze Ajumbe, Commissioner for Agriculture, Chief Udo Agoha and others with the members of IPMAN.
Special Assistant to the Deputy Governor on Media
Imo Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere MFR join hands with the Zonal Commandant of Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCD), Zone E, Ben Dikuro and the South East Chairman of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria , Chief Bobby Eberechi after reaching a truce on their face that let to the closing of fuel stations in Imo in protest yesterday in Government House, Owerri, Imo State