Children missing after A/Ibom pipeline explosion
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.