National Chairman of Association of Nigeria Refineries Petroleum Marketers (ANRPM) Presidential Task Force Eshanekpe Israel a.k.a Akpodoro has restated his plan to stamp out illicit trade in petroleum products.
He noted that over the years, disgruntled elements had infiltrated the sector, vowing that ANRPM intensifies its fight against vandals.
Akpodoro spoke in Owerri while inaugurating Emmanuel Mbachu as chairman of Imo State Anti-Pipeline Vandals, Products Adulteration, Oil Theft and other Crimes in the downstream oil and gas sector.
ANRPM, the Delta State-born former militant leader, said would checkmate illegal product marketers, including those allegedly smuggling products.
During a visit, the association told the Commissioner of Police Hussaini Rabiu that the new task force would partner with security agencies to achieve its mandate.
Chairman of ANRPM’s Board of Trustees (BoT) Marcus Okotete said the group would work with other associations to stop criminals from operating in petroleum products distribution.
He noted that until sharp practices were eliminated in the distribution chain, Nigerians would continue to groan from activities of economic saboteurs.
Hussaini promised to support ANRPM, describing the task force as essential in the war against unwanted elements in the sector.
Okotete also led his team to the Office of Imo Commandant of Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
Deputy Commandant Offia pledged support for the outfit, noting that partnering with the association would end vandalism and product adulteration.
Akpodoro, who doubles as national president of National Coalition of Niger Delta Ex-Agitators (NCNDE-A), said, in addition to fighting crimes in the sector, the task force would employ youths and protect life.
Mbachu pledged to enthrone sanity and comply with rules among petroleum marketers, saying the task office would fight product vandals.
“ANRPM has come to stay in Imo State and I will make sure that there’s no hidden place for questionable characters in the downstream segment of the petroleum industry,” Mbachu said.