Explosion rocks NNPC pipeline in A/Ibom
A gas pipeline belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) at Obotim Ikot Ekong village in Nsit Ibom local government area of Akwa Ibom State has been hit by explosion allegedly caused by militants.
The explosion which occurred about 1:00 am yesterday shook the whole village, causing many people to flee the area into the bush, with some yet to be accounted for.
Speaking to newsmen in the area, the Transition Committee Chairman of Nsit Ibom local government council, Mr Victor Umondak, blamed the early morning explosion of the oil pipelines in his area on militants, explaining that they discovered wires connected from the gas pipeline to the road before exploding the pipeline.
The village head of Obotim Ikot Ekong , Chief Akponidung Ukpong, confirmed that many women and children fled into the bush following the incident and were yet to return.
He called on the federal and state government to intervene as the explosion had damaged the farmlands in the community.
Meanwhile, the Akwa Ibom State Police Commissioner, Murtala Mani, had debunked the claims that the attack on the NNPC gas pipeline was by militants and attributed it to technical faults.
“The technical people confirmed that the pipelines are old and overdue for servicing. There is a technical problem with it. This is no militancy attack,” the commissioner said.