Bodies of dead oil workers recovered in Bayelsa

The search and rescue team raised following attack by gunmen suspected to be militants at oilfield in Bayelsa has recovered remains of two of the three oil workers that died in the incident.

The Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Bayelsa Command, Mr Desmond Agu, confirmed the development in Yenagoa on Saturday.

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The victims were two engineers and a diver.

They were ambushed and killed in the creeks while repairing Agip pipelines that were destroyed by Niger Delta Avengers.

Agu said their remains had been taken to an undisclosed mortuary in Port Harcourt.

“The search team, made up of NSCDC operatives, Navy, Army, gunboat crew and others, left Obama station at 0915 hours on Thursday in search of the Agip personnel.

“At about 1100 hours, the dead bodies of two personnel were discovered in Oguama River close to Oguama community in Bayelsa.

“They were taken to Ogbia jetty for onward movement to Port Harcourt’’, he said.

Gunmen suspected to be militants sympathetic to Niger Delta Avengers had killed three oil workers at an oil field operated by Nigerian Agip Oil Company, in Bayelsa.

The new militant group – Niger Delta Avengers – had in May claimed responsibility for blowing up the facility.

Community sources said the incident occurred on Wednesday at the oilfield located in the creeks of Nembe around Obama flow station.

It said the area was notorious as gunmen and pirates operated freely there. “So, it is difficult to say who did it.’’


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