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IPMAN warns members against cross-border smuggling of petrol products











The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN has warned its members against engaging in cross-border smuggling of petroleum products in the country.


Recalls that on June 22, the Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC Mele Kyari convened a stakeholders’ meeting to curtail cross-border smuggling of petroleum products.


The meeting had attendance, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, chief executives of petroleum agencies, security chiefs and critical downstream players, among others.


Speaking to newsmen in Kano on Wednesday, Chairman of the IPMAN, Kano branch, Bashir Dan-Mallam lamented that the activities of the petroleum smugglers at border towns is a great sabotage to Nigeria’s economy.


According to him, Nigeria is losing huge amount of money to the activities of the smugglers, noting that the money being lost in that regard is enough to execute developmental projects for the citizens.


Mr Dan-Mallam added that the activities of the smugglers across border towns is also a snag to the government’s efforts to end insecurity in the country, calling on members not to be a party to the crime and be vigilant to expose the perpetrators.


The chairman disclosed that the new Managing Director of Petroleum Products Marketing Company, PPMC, Isyaku Abdullahi had recently held a meeting with IPMAN and its sister associations on ways to check the problem.

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He also revealed that a committee has been set up to go round some states like Kano, Katsina, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kebbi, Kwara, Ogun, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, among others in a bid to chart ways on how to check the menace.


“The operation has already started and it would be expanded across all the 36 States of the federation. This problem of cross-border smuggling of petroleum products is worrisome and sabotages to nation’s economy and development as a whole.


” it affects the government’s revenue and its commitments to fighting insecurity. I, therefore, warned our members others to engage in these illicit acts. I believe those perpetrators are not registered members of our association,” he said.


He also warned that anybody who is found wanting would not be spared by the law.


While commending the MD PPMC for rising against the problem, Mr. Dan-Mallam also commended the federal government for introducing initiatives for the development of the downstream sector.


Northern Senators Commends ECOWAS Leaders For Lifting Sanctions On Niger Republic




Abuja. – Today, the Northern Senators Forum expresses it’s heartfelt appreciation and commendation to the exceptional leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for their decisive action in lifting sanctions imposed on Niger Republic as a result of military takeover on 26th July, 2023. We are pleased to see that ECOWAS has responded to the progressive requests made by us individually and collectively on the subject matter, and we commend their prudent and compassionate approach in addressing these critical issues.

The Northern Senators Forum believes that the principled and empathetic decision made by ECOWAS to lift the sanctions on Niger Republic is a testament to the organization’s commitment to regional solidarity, cooperation, and respect for human rights. We understand that this action will go a long way in alleviating the suffering of the people of Niger Republic, as well as ensuring the restoration of stability and economic prosperity in our region.

We are particularly grateful that ECOWAS leaders have considered our pleas to restore electricity, open borders, and lift the sanctions on Niger Republic. These measures will not only have crucial humanitarian implications, but will also foster regional integration, trade, and cooperation. We firmly believe that this step taken by ECOWAS will positively impact the lives of the people of Niger Republic and Nigeria and facilitate the restoration of trust and harmony among all member states.

As representatives of the people and advocates for justice and democracy, we commend ECOWAS for their responsiveness and understanding of the immense challenges faced by our fellow West African nation. The Northern Senators Forum stands in solidarity with ECOWAS IN restoring democracy and rule of law in Niger Republic and other west African countries, and we are committed to working to promote stability, peace, and socio-economic development throughout the region.

The Northern Senators Forum urges the government of Niger Republic and its people to seize this opportunity to hasten the process of returning to democratic governance to build a stronger and more prosperous nation, harnessing their resilient spirit and unwavering determination. Furthermore, we urge all regional stakeholders to continue engaging in dialogue and pursuing peaceful solutions to address any remaining concern, fostering a harmonious environment for progress and development.

Finally, the Northern Senators Forum would like to reiterate its deep appreciation to ECOWAS leaders especially President Bola Ahmed Tinubu of Nigeria for their proactive and benevolent intervention in lifting the sanctions imposed on Niger Republic. We are confident that this decision will leave an indelible mark on the collective consciousness of all West African nations and serve as a shining example for resolving differences through dialogue and diplomacy.


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BREAKING: ECOWAS lifts sanctions against Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso



President Bola Ahmad Tinubu addressing the Extraordinary meeting of ECOWAS heads of state in Abuja,Photo:Channels TV


The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has lifted sanctions imposed on Niger Republic, Mali, Burkina Faso, member nations that are ruled by military.

The authorities of ECOWAS on Saturday said the decision was based on humanitarian considerations, especially because of the Lenten period and the approaching month of Ramadan.

The regional bloc also lifted sanctions on Republic of Guinea-Bissau.

To invite all four countries to a meeting.

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Kano Unity Forum Urges Drug Dealers to Comply with Court Directives and Relocate to Dangwauro



Alhaji Gidado Mukhtar addressing the Press

Alhaji Gidado Mukhtar, representing the unity forum, addressed the press in Kano, highlighting the city’s historic significance as a commercial hub spanning centuries, despite facing challenges from colonial and post-colonial legacies.

Recent years have seen a surge in attempts to undermine Kano through the importation of dangerous drugs, posing a grave threat to its future and Northern Nigeria at large, with drug dealers operating openly in markets like Muhammad Abubakar Rimi Market, Sabongari.
Statistics from the NDLEA reveal alarming figures, with substantial quantities of psychotropic substances seized within a short span, prompting urgent action to safeguard society’s future.

The Kano State Government, disturbed by the situation, initiated the establishment of a modern pharmaceutical market within the new Kano Economic City at Dangwauro through a Public-Private Partnership (PPP), aiming to regulate and monitor unlawful activities.

Despite efforts to relocate dealers to the new market, resistance persists, with the perpetrators going to the extent of instituting legal action against directives, recently ruled against by the court.

Stakeholders emphasize the intolerability of allowing illicit drugs to pervade society, asserting a unified stance against the trade’s detrimental impact on Kano’s fabric, and vow to employ all legitimate means to halt its spread.

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