Despite claims by the new militant group, Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) that it blew up the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC) Pipeline in Oruk Anam local government area of Akwa Ibom State, the police on Thursday dismissed the claim, saying what happened was an accident occasioned by leakage of gas pipelines sited in the area.
The Akwa Ibom State Commissioner of Police, Murtala Mani, said the rumored bomb attack was not a militant attack.
NDA had said on its twitter handle that it blew up the pipeline.
But a highly placed source at the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Jubilee in Ikot Abasi, Akwa Ibom, who pleaded anonymity, confirmed the attack on the NNPC pipeline.
He said: “Yes there was an attack on the pipeline. The pipeline is between Akwa Ibom and Rivers States boundary along Ikot Abasi – Port Harcourt Road.
“Right now engineers from NNPC, Port Harcourt are there working on the pipelines. Our officers and other security agencies are also there too.”
But the police commissioner said what happened was a technical problem and some engineers from Port Harcourt are currently working to rectify the leakage of gas from the pipeline.