Four persons were on Sunday feared killed and six others abducted by pirates in Bayelsa State.
Among the victims were said to be oil workers working for the Nigerian Agip Oil Company and operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.
They were said to have been murdered by sea robbers in separate attacks around Okoroma and Ogbokiri-Akassa waterways in the Nembe and Brass Local Government Areas of the state.
It was gathered that while three NAOC workers were attacked and shot dead, the NSCDC men on escort duty were also shot for trying to repel the invasion, leading to the death of one of them while two are currently missing.
The six oil workers kidnapped at Ogbokiri-Akassa were said to be carrying out some maintenance work close to their platform when the pirates attacked and took them away.
It was also learnt that the operator of the boat, said to be an indigene of Nembe, has been declared missing even as there were fears that he might have also been killed in the incident.
“The Agip oil workers and their security personnel were attacked at about 6am on Sunday while working close to a Manifold in Bayelsa. There were no security personnel with them when the incident happened,” the source.
The spokesman for the NSCDC, Bayelsa State Command, Solomon Ogbere, confirmed the attacks.
He said two of the NSCDC personnel who were missing had been found and were receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre in Yenagoa.
Ogbere said, “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 official was killed while the other two that were missing have been found and are responding to treatment.”