Pipeline Bombing: It Was Eruption From Old Pipeline –AKSG
The Akwa Ibom State Government has debunked rumours of pipeline bombing in Ikot Osute, Oruk Anam Local Government Area, even as it calls for calm among citizens who may have been troubled by the purported development.
Reacting to the rumours after a visit to the site, the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr. Aniekan Umanah, stated that “there is no iota of truth in the claims making rounds in the social media”, stating that what happened was an eruption occasioned by leakage in the old pipeline of the Nigerian Gas Company, NGC, which traversed the area.
He further emphasised that “no pipeline has been bombed in Akwa Ibom State” adding that “those peddling such rumours are ignorant of the true situation in the affected area.”
According to the Commissioner, “as at Thursday morning, when security operatives and officials of the State government visited Ikot Osute, the state Ministry of Environment, NGC personnel and other gas companies operating the area were on site, working round the clock to ensure safety in the area.”
Mr. Umanah enjoined Akwa Ibom people and indeed Nigerians to remain calm and go about their businesses as government was committed to protecting lives and property of all citizens in the State. He assured that security agents have cordoned off the area to forestall against any eventuality.
It was earlier reported that the Niger Delta Avengers had claimed to bombed a pipeline belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in Oruk Anam Local Government Area, a claim which was found to be false.