Gunmen reportedly abduct oil workers in Bayelsa state

Four oil workers have reportedly been abducted along the waterways of Southern Ijaw local government area by kidnappers operating in the creeks of Bayelsa state.

The Sun reports that among those kidnapped were two staff of the Nigerian Agip Oil Company. According to sources, the oil workers were part of team sent on a Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) to Azuzuama when they were stopped and kidnapped in the riverine area.

We gathered that a source who craved anonymity said the abducted persons include a staff of Bayelsa State Ministry of Environment, the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) and two from Agip (HSE Department).

According to the source, the abducted persons were taken to an unknown destination. He said the kidnappers had contacted Agip to negotiate their release.

Report has it that armed soldiers have been deployed in the area in search of the kidnapped victims.

Spokesman for the joint task force in the Niger Delta, Major Ibrahim Abdullahi, said he was not aware of the abduction.

He said: “There is no information like that at my disposal. However, I’ll check further and let you know if there’s anything like that.”

Meanwhile, we previously reported that the police in Bayelsa said they had rescued two female teenagers, abducted by a gunman in Agbura, near Azikoro village in Yenagoa local government area of the state.

According to a statement on Saturday, May 26, in Yenagoa by police public relations officer in the state Asinim Butswat, the girls were rescued by the police in the area.

Butswat said that the gunman specialised in stalking his victims to church during vigil or to their houses with a dummy AK47 Riffle to perpetrate the act.

The statement read in part: “On 21st May, 2018, based on actionable intelligence, the police and youths of Agbura community raided a bush surrounded by swamp and fishing ponds, where the lone gunman held his victim captive.”


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