Akwa Ibom State Commissioner of Police, Murtala Mani, said on Thursday that the alleged attack on pipelines at Ikot Osutek, Oruk-Anam Local Government Area of the state by the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), was not true.
Mani said in Uyo, the state capital 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.
Residents of the state were thrown into pandemonium at the news that militants had attack pipelines owned by Seven Energy Company, the operator of Ibom Gas Power Plant, Uquo in Esit-Eket Local Government Area of the state.
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.
However, the Commissioner of Police said no such incident took place in the state.