09 December 2013, Kano – Barely a month after the national president of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria [IPMAN] Alhaji Aminu Abdulkadir, flagged off the sales of Kerosene at N50 per litre in Kano, members of IPMAN still sell the product at above N120 per litre on the excuse that they imported it.
In the over 125 IPMAN filling stations that spread across Kano, only few sell the product because the sale of kerosene has been hijacked by a syndicate who literally prevents entrance into the business.
Our correspondent who was among a team of reporters investigating the matter gathered that some of the filling stations sell the product at above N120 per litres but when the journalists tried to speak to the state office of the IPMAN the chairman Bashir Danmallam was unavailable claiming that he was not in town.
The investigations further revealed that the owners of the filling stations are selling above the directed price by the national president of the body who boasted that any of his members who violate the order would be closed down and its licenses confiscated.
Investigations show that over 15 trucks allegedly loaded with the products which was said to have been brought to Kano was diverted to black market which has contributed to the scarcity of the product. Although the directives to sell at N50 per litre was jointly issued by the IPMAN and the NNPC, IPMAN members decided to shun the directive to maximize profits at the detriment of the citizenry.