By Demola Akinyemi
ILORIN—A chieftain of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, in Kwara State, Alhaji Abdulkareem Sanni, has sued the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, over the sale of his 1,000 litres of petrol and detention of his staff, asked for N10.5 million compensation.
The plaintiffs’ counsel, Dr. Dauda Osu, yesterday, told an Ilorin Federal High Court that the IG’s monitoring team came to RABSAN Ventures Limited, along Gaa Akanbi, Ilorin, on February 20, and that despite explanations that the 1,000 litres of PMS was reserved for family members and friends, the officers forced the staff to sell the product, and went on to arrest and detain the staff for two days.
He also told the court that he was curious about the attitude of the IG’s men, who insisted that his staff, a stroke patient, must take them to his residence, and that because he refused their directive, they beat him in the presence of his wife before taking him away.
He also noted that the monitoring of petrol stations was not the schedule of the Police, but that of Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR.
Justice N. I. Afolabi granted the relief of the plaintiff’s counsel to serve the IG the court process and adjourned to March 15 for further hearing.