Agip, NOSDRA workers abducted in Bayelsa at gunpoint.

NOSDRA workers abducted

Agip, NOSDRA workers abducted in Bayelsa at gunpoint.

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have abducted four persons along the waterways of Southern Ijaw Local Council Area of Bayelsa State.

  Two of them were said to be workers of Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), while the others were government officials on a visit.

  It was learned that the oil workers, alongside the two officials, were on Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) to Azuzuama when they were kidnapped last Friday.

  JIV is usually done after an oil spill has occurred.

 A source, which declined to have his name in print, said the abducted persons include a staff of Bayelsa State Ministry of Environment, the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), and Agip (HSE Department).

  The source disclosed that the captives were taken to an unknown destination, adding that the kidnappers have also contacted Agip to negotiate their release.

  Agip, he said, had sent a letter in that regard to the Director, Petroleum and Pollution Department in the Bayelsa State Ministry of Environment.

  Efforts to get a response from Agip and the Bayelsa State Ministry of Environment proved abortive.

  It was however learned that armed soldiers have been deployed in the area to rescue the victims.

   Contacted, spokesman of 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.”