Avengers strike gas pipeline in A’ Ibom, vows more attack

By Samuel Ita, Uyo

 

Members of the Niger Delta Avengers have claimed responsibility for the attack on gas pipeline belonging to Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC), in Obotim Nsit, Nsit Ibom Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State.

 

The attack which was located in Ikot Okukuk Nsit Junction in Nsit Ibom local council occurred around 12pm on Sunday, according to local villagers.

 

But statement by the spokesperson of the avengers, Mudoch Agbinibo, said the facility was blown up at about 11:30pm on Sunday night.

 

The statement also asked the NNPC authorities to check their facility whether they will claim if it was ‘system Anomaly’ as Exxon Mobil recently did before later affirming similar attack on their facilities in the state.

 

The statement by the avengers read: “11:30pm on Sunday, the NDA blow up Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC),  gas pipeline at Nsit-Ibom L.G.A, Akwa Ibom state. NNPC should check their pipeline if it’s ‘system Anomaly’.”

 

It asked the NNPC authorities to check their facility whether they will claim if it was ‘system Anomaly’ as Exxon Mobil recently did before later affirming similar attack on their facilities in the state.

 

At as the time The Nation arrived at the scene, there were officials of Akwa Ibom Fire Service on the ground trying to put out the fire from the gas pipeline which was attacked by the avengers.

 

Before Sunday’s attack on NNPC gas pipeline in Nsit Ibom, around June this year, the Niger Delta Volunteers, (NDV), announced its presence in Akwa Ibom State.

 

The group had in a statement signed by its spokesman, Commander Ekpo Ekpo, claimed responsibility for the attack on gas pipeline belonging to NNPC/NGC supplying gas to ALSCON, Ikot Abasi, Akwa Ibom State.

 

Even when the State Government and the Police Commissioner, Murtala Mani, had both denied the knowledge of the attack and called it a gas leakage, the militants had insisted that its professionals attacked the pipeline at exactly11:45am on Thursday June 16 to welcome President Muhammadu Buhari who was due in the country from oversea trips.

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