Gunmen have killed four men who were involved in the maintenance on a pipeline owned by the Nigerian subsidiary of Italian oil giant Eni, Reuters quotes a local security spokesman.
The men, two workers, a driver and a security operative, died at a facility in Nembe, Bayelsa state, which feeds oil and gas to the Brass export terminal, Solomon Ogbere, a spokesman for the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NCDC), said.
“During a routine work some gunmen yesterday (Saturday) attacked some contract workers working on a repair work a Nembe axis of Obama flow station killing two contract workers and a driver,” Ogbere said on Sunday, adding that one of his men was also killed and two others who sustained injuries are receiving treatment.
A spokesman for Agip, the local subsidiary of Eni, did not immediately comment on the attack.
Also in Nembe, a wellhead continued to spew oil and gas earlier this week, three weeks after it failed, polluting the surrounding area and angering local residents.