The Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) has announced that three of its personnel were killed by suspected pirates in the Okoroma community of Nembe council in Bayelsa State on Sunday.
Three Agip employees and some Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) officers were ambushed while repairing some facilities near the Obama oil flow station.
Three Agip workers and one NSCDC employee were killed.
Agip said in an emailed statement: “With deep sorrow, Eni (parent company of Agip), confirms that a group of Eni contractors accompanied by security operatives were attacked by an armed group causing as far as we know three fatalities and two injuries.”
The company also acknowledged that those deceased were contractors working on a Mangrove Restoration project with the oil giant, which entails the restoration of mangroves in Nigeria’s wetland area.
It claimed that illicit refineries and spills caused by sabotage had severely harmed the enterprise.
Agip also voiced concern about the perilous and deteriorating security situation in Bayelsa State and the Niger Delta’s rivers and swamp areas.
It stated that the dangerous position had put the company’s employees and contractors, as well as the neighbouring community, in danger.
Recall that in the early hours of last Sunday, suspected sea pirates ambushed several 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.
Three oil business employees and an NSCDC employee were purportedly killed by the assailants.
The boat’s driver is still missing, according to the locals residing in the environment.
Six Nigerian oil workers were abducted and carried away to an unknown destination in an ambush at Ogbokiri-Akassa in Brass LGA while undertaking maintenance work near to their platform.