Chil­dren miss­ing after A/Ibom pipe­line ex­plo­sion

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

The vil­lage head of Obo­tim Ikot Ekong vil­lage in Nsit Ibom lo­cal govern­ment area of Akwa Ibom State, Chief Akponidung Ak­pan Ukpong, has raised alarm over miss­ing chil­dren fol­low­ing Mon­day’s ex­plo­sion that rocked a pipe­line be­long­ing to the Nige­rian Na­tional Petroleum Cor­po­ra­tion (NNPC) in the area.

He told news­men that sev­eral chil­dren could not be found after res­i­dents were forced to flee into the bush.

“Im­me­di­ately ýthe ex­plo­sion oc­curred about 1:00 am, the ground shook heavy and large flames went up. This caused in­stant pan­de­mo­nium and many res­i­dents ran into the bush for safety. Since then, many chil­dren have been miss­ing and we are still look­ing for them. Many peo­ple were also in­jured and are cur­rently re­ceiv­ing treat­ment in the hos­pi­tal. Be­sides the miss­ing chil­dren and the in­jured peo­ple, the ex­plo­sion has dam­aged our farm­lands,” he said.

While the com­mu­nity at­trib­uted the ex­plo­sion on the NNPC gas pipe­line to the Niger Delta Avengers, the Akwa Ibom State Po­lice Com­mis­sioner, Mur­tala Mani, at­trib­uted it to tech­ni­cal faults.

The Avengers ýhave how­ever claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack in a re­cent state­ment in which it chal­lenged the NNPC to check their pipe­line to know if the ex­plo­sion was due to tech­ni­cal fault.

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