Unknown gunmen suspected to be sea pirates on Sunday morning attacked some staff of the Nigerian Agip Oil Company, NAOC in Okoroma and Ogbokiri-Akassa communities of Nembe and Brass Local Government areas of Bayelsa State.
According to an eye witness, the gunmen reportedly shot dead two workers of the company and a personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
As at the time of filing this report, the driver of the ill-fated boat, who is an indigene of Okoroma community is yet to be found.
According to the eye witness, in the ambush that occurred at Ogbokiri-Akassa in Brass Local Government area, six Nigerian oil workers who were busy doing maintenance job close to their platform were abducted and taken away.
The Agip oil workers and their security personnel were attacked at about 6am on Sunday while working close to a manifold.
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Ogbere Solomon, the spokesman of the NSCDC, Bayelsa Command, who confirmed the incident, said only one personnel of the command died in the ambush, while two others who were missing have been found, saying they are currently receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Yenagoa, the state capital.
“Yes, our officers were ambushed and attacked by some unknown pirates while on their lawful duty of providing protection to some Agip oil workers close to Obama manifold in Okoroma community of Nembe Local Government. One personnel was killed while the other two that were missing have been found and are responding to treatment”, he said.
Comrade Tarinyu Joseph, the Youth President of the Okoroma Clan, also confirmed the incident to our correspondent on phone and said the indigenes of the community have mobilized and recovered the corpses of those killed and have taken those injured to the hospital.
He also confirmed that the boat driver, who he identified as his brother, is still missing.
Some indigenes of Okoroma community blamed Agip for being insensitive to issues of security of the lives of the oil workers.
They claimed the company has refused to hire gunboats to protect oil workers while on official duty along the waterways and creeks of the state.