Gunmen suspected to be militants, on Friday, attacked the Kolo Creek oil field operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa, leaving one security guard dead.
Sources said the gunshots from the suspected militants had alerted armed security team stationed to guard the oil installation and they responded and were able to repel them to beat a retreat.
However, in the process a guard was killed, according to the armed team. The remains of the victim of the attack, Mr. Austin Igwe, was taken by policemen from Ogbia Division and troops of Operation Pulo Shield, OPPS the Joint Military outfit deployed to the field.
The slain, Igwe, according to sources at the Kolo Creek Oilfield, is an unarmed security guard on duty when the gunmen arrived.
A visit at the scene shortly after the incident revealed that relatives of the victim, who hailed from Emeyal 2, community in Ogbia LGA wailed uncontrollably at the oil field. They had rushed down to confirm the news when they were told.
“We heard that suspected militants had attacked Shell’s facility and that our brother who was on duty fell to their bullets, we got here and found out that it was true. The pain is too much to bear, this is tragedy for us, please I am short of words,” a relative said amidst tears.
An official of OPPS had also addressed members of the berieved families and community people who had gathered in the area to remain calm as investigations were underway.
When Contacted, Spokesman of Operation Pulo Shield, Lt.-Col Isa Ado promised to give details when returned from official engagement outside Port Harcourt. But Spokesman of SPDC, Joseph Obari declined to comment on the development.


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