The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has warned an online medium, Sahara reporters to desist from spreading fake news that can create chaos in the oil and gas sector.
The association said the seamless operation of petroleum products supply across the country that has led to the disappearance of long queues should be sustained.
IPMAN Northern Zone Chairman, Alhaji Bashir Danmalam gave the caution in a statement issued on Friday in Abuja.
The statement urged the Department of State security to be vigilant and put a searchlight on effort of organisations like the Sahara Reporters working as a fifth columnist to truncate democracy with unverified stories.
The statement said IPMAN as an association has seen several positive changes in the oil and gas sector since the signing of the Petroleum Industrial Act by President Muhammadu Buhari and the commercialization of the NNPC which have led to a lot of transparency in the operation of the NNPC.
‘’The transparency in the operations of NNPC since it was commercialized that led to the organization declaring profit has also being supporting the seamless distribution of petroleum products across the country,’’ the statement said.
IPMAN in the statement quoted a statement from the DSS recently while warning people working against the peaceful coexistence of the country,
“Be that as it may, the DSS will not tolerate a situation where persons and/or groups take laws into their hands and champion anarchy. Those peddling fake news, hate speech and all forms of false narratives as basis to ignite violence or pit the people against the present or incoming administrations, at the Federal, State and Parliamentary levels, should stop forthwith.
It said the above quotation from the DSS sums up the recent fake news peddled by Sahara reporters when they attacked the management of NNPC limited as a part of the larger grand design to attack the government from all angles and scuttle the inevitable handover of power to a duly elected administration on May 29.
‘’We the members of IPMAN have noted with disgust the attempt by Sahara Reporters on behalf of their co-conspirators to drag NNPCL for their paymasters grand scheme of causing confusion and raising fake alarm in our thriving industry that has been stabilised by the commitment and hardwork of NNPL management.”