Gunmen attack Agip tugboats in Bayelsa, kidnap two captains

Gunmen operating in Nembe waterways, Bayelsa State, have attacked two gunboats belonging to the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) abducting two captains.

The gunmen suspected to be pirates were said to have accosted the tugboat at about 1pm on Wednesday.

“The incident occurred at Peter Town in Nembe. The tugboats were on transit to Port Harcourt when the bandits double-crossed them, robbed them and whisked the captains away”, a security source who pleaded for anonymity said.

The source added: “The unknown gunmen shot sporadically into the air, creating panic in the area before whisking the two captains away to unknown creeks. The victims must have been abducted for ransom.”

The attacked boats were identified as MV EBIZAR and MV SOMKE.

The names of the abducted captains were given as Mr. T. Monday and Mr. E. messiah.

While Monday was said to be the captain of for MV EBIZAR and Mr. Messiah was reportedly in charge of MV SOMKE when the bandits struck.

When contacted, the Media Coordinator, Joint Task Force, Operation Pulo Shield, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, said he had yet to be briefed on the incident.


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