Filling stations stop operations in Port Harcourt over ‘fight’ with security agencies

Most filling stations in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital have closed down activities following the disagreement between tanker drivers and security agencies in the state.

Our journalist who observed the modern activity by the filing station operators reports that queues have continued to build up in most filling stations in the state capital.

Talking on the action, the National Treasurer of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Employees, NUPENG, Alex Agwanwa clarified that the activity was because of the inability of security agents to respect the understanding they reached with them a weekend ago.

Agwanwa who is likewise the Chairman of the United Labor Congress in Rivers state revealed to News Agency that between last Sunday and today, more trucks have been arrested alongside the drivers by security agencies.

“Rather than maintaining our understanding they decided to arrest more trucks. As we speak, 27 trucks carrying legal products have been arrested. It is unacceptable.

“This matter has been on for the past 2 years. We did not want it to get to this stage but here we are,” he said.

The NUPENG National Treasurer maintained that the filings stations would remain shut until all their members and trucks seized by the security agencies are released.