The town of Azaka, Iguiye and neighboring communities around the Ovia River in Edo state are currently in a state of pandemonium as suspected militants invaded the area.
It is being reported that a loud explosion erupted at a facility of the Nigeria Gas Company (NGC) in the area.
It was suspected that a valve station located around a power line was damaged by the explosion.
Although the cause of the explosion is yet to be ascertained, some locals said they suspect the facility was torched by militants.
“We saw pieces of gas cylinder and other things that might have been used to blow up the station,” one local said.
Mr. Anthony Odoyibo, a well-known farmer in the area, confirmed the report and appealed to Nigerians to give peace a chance.
“We heard a very loud explosion. Everybody was very afraid.
“Some people who went there confirmed that it was the pipeline that was blown up,” Odoyibo added.
However, no militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack at the time of this report.