Members of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, and Petroleum Tanker Drivers, PTD, in Edo and Delta States, at the weekend, staged a peaceful protest over the alleged increment in the price of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, by the management of Rainoil Depot, in Oghara, Ethiope, West Local Government Area of Delta State.
The petroleum marketers also called on the Petroleum Product Pricing Regulatory Agency, PPPRA, and Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, to investigate same and sanction defaulting depot owners.
Meanwhile, Nigerian Pilot learnt that Rain oil had been a succour to marketers in Delta and Edo States, especially when government owned refineries went epileptic.
The protesters barricaded the entrance of the oil depot, chanting solidarity songs and preventing its tankers from loading.
They alleged that Rainoil has refused to supply fuel to them unless they pay N105 against the stipulated N84:50 per litre by the federal government.
The protest was led by Comrade Alabi Muyi and Elder Joseph Okolie who lamented the hardship that independent marketers and tanker drivers are undergoing as a result of the ‘outrageous’ increase of petroleum product by depot owners.
“Rainoil filling stations in Oghara axis are selling for N86.50 but they are selling to us, owners of filling stations at N105. How do you expect us to sell to the public? You can see that at the end of the day, it is the masses that will suffer. So they should give us what we have paid for. Or else there will not be peace.”

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