The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has shutdown all filling stations in Ibarapa region of Oyo State following the killing of the owner of Subawah petroleum, Mrs. Sherifat Adisa by unknown gunmen.
The Ibadan depot of the association has also threatened to shutdown all filling stations in the state.
The chairman, Ibadan Depot, Alhaji Bukola Mutiu, in a statement issued on Sunday, said the closure of all filling stations in Ibarapa was a warning to the Oyo State government to urgently arrest the growing trend of killings and kidnap of petroleum dealers in the state.
Describing the killing of Mrs Serifat Adisa as one too many, IPMAN warned that except the trend is arrested, all filling stations in the state would be shut down.
Bukola said: “This killing and kidnapping has become so rampant as series of cases have been coming up recently.
“Last night (Saturday), one of us, Alhaja Sherifat Adisa, who was the owner of Subawah petroleum, was kidnapped at about 7:30 p.m. from her office and two people were also killed in her station. Her corpse was found at about 11:00 p.m. close to her station.
“However, the IPMAN has decided to close down all petrol stations in Ibarapa till something is done by the government to protect them and if something is not done, the shutdown of all petrol stations will be extended to Oyo State as a whole.”