Gunmen suspected of being pirates ambushed some employees of the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) in the communities of Okoroma and Ogbokiri-Akassa in the Nembe and Brass local government areas of Bayelsa State yesterday.
They allegedly killed two Agip employees and a Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps operative (NSCDC).
Their boat’s driver is also believed to have been killed.
Six oil workers were reportedly abducted and taken to an unknown destination during an ambush at Ogbokiri-Akassa in Brass, where they were performing maintenance work close to their platform.
Workers from Agip and their security guards were attacked while working near a manifold in Bayelsa.
Ogbere Solomon, a spokesman for the NSCDC’s Bayelsa Command, confirmed the incident.
One command member was killed in the ambush, he said, while two others who had gone missing had been found and were being treated at the Federal Medical Centre in Yenagoa, the state capital.
“One of the missing persons was killed, while the other two were found and are responding to treatment.”
Comrade Tarinyu Joseph, the Okoroma clan’s youth president, also confirmed the incident.
He claimed that the community’s residents had mobilized and recovered the bodies of those killed and transported the injured to the hospital.
He also confirmed that the boat driver, whom he identified as his brother, remained unaccounted for.
While some Okoroma residents blamed the oil company for being unconcerned about the safety of its employees, they claimed the company had refused to hire gunboats to protect oil workers while on official assignments along the state’s waterways and creeks.
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