Police Refutes Alleged Pipeline Attack In Akwa Ibom
The Commissioner of Police in Akwa Ibom, Mr Murtala Mani, on Thursday refuted an alleged explosion of pipelines at Ikot Osutek, Oruk-Anam Local Government Area of the state by the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA).
Mani told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Uyo that the alleged vandalism was an accident caused by a leakage in the gas pipelines.
He said that it was a technical problem and that some engineers from Port Harcourt were working to rectify the leakage.
Mani said that the state was safe from the activities of the militant group.
Ikot Osutek community, the location of the gas pipelines, is along Ikot Abasi-Ogoni-Port Harcourt axis of the East-West Road in Akwa Ibom.
Many residents of the state were disturbed by the alleged attack, due to the revelation that the militant group had vandalised 23 gas pipelines since Feb. 14 when it started attacks.
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, made the revelation on Monday.