Six persons including four naval ratings attached to an oil servicing company reportedly lost their lives in Bayelsa State, following a surprise attack by suspected militants.
The incident occurred yesterday at Nembe creeks in Nembe Local Government Area.
It was learnt that a senior employee of the oil servicing firm and his wife, identified simply as Mercy, were among those reportedly gunned down by the invading militants.
While Mercy was said to have been killed on the spot, sources said the whereabouts of the ratings and the oil worker were unknown.
A security source, who craved anonymity, described the attack as deadly, saying the gunmen took their victims by surprise.
He said the attack occurred at one of the wellheads that supply crude oil to the Nembe Flow Station which formerly belonged to Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC.
The source said the victims left the flow station, which was reportedly sold to an oil company, ICEO, by SPDC, to inspect the wellhead.
He said the wife of the oil worker, who came on a visit, decided to accompany her husband on the inspection tour.
“Immediately they got to the wellhead close to the flow station, some militants waylaid them and killed the woman on the spot. The whereabouts of the employee and the naval ratings are still unknown. There are indications that they have been killed,” the source said.
The source, a senior security officer, lamented the ongoing attacks on security personnel and military gunboats in the region.
When contacted, Spokesman for the Central Naval Command, Lt. Commander Edward Yeibo, said though there was an attack, it was not to his knowledge that the ratings were killed.
“What I know is that there was an attack on Tuesday morning but no casualties were recorded. I am not aware of that. There was an attack on three ratings but no casualties were recorded to the best of my knowledge,” he said.