Ex­plo­sion rocks NNPC pipe­line in A/Ibom

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Dick­son S. Adama, Uyo

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.

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