Suspected thugs attack filling stations in Ekiti over marketers strike

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State

Suspected thugs have attacked some of the filling stations in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital,  in protests against the strike by petroleum products marketers in the state.

The suspected thugs carried dangerous weapons, including axes, cutlasses and broken bottles.

They vandalized filling stations and destroyed properties.

The marketers stopped selling fuel since Monday last week, on the directive of the Independent Petroleum Products Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers and petroleum tanker drivers.

They are protesting against the demolition of filling stations in Ado Ekiti, which the state government says, were built in residential areas.

They were aggrieved that the situation had paralysed economic activities in Ekiti.

Displaying placards with various inscriptions, the youths visited some petrol stations in Dalimore and Adebayo areas of the state to express their anger to the marketers, and vowed to continue with the mass action.

Governor Ayodele Fayose had alleged on Monday that the decision of the fuel marketers to stop supply to the state a few days to the burial of late military governor of old Western Region, Gen. Adeyinka Adebayo (retd.), was politically motivated and done in conspiracy with the opposition to frustrate the state burial.

But the state secretary of Petroleum Dealers Association of Nigeria (PEDAN), Alh. Suleiman Akinbami, had maintained that their members were not responsible and not informed by the national leadership of the unions about the reason for the cut-off of petroleum supply to the state.

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