March 13, 2014

Gunmen attack Agip tugboats, abduct two captains

By Samuel Oyadongha, Yenagoa
Gunmen operating along the waterways of the Niger Delta have attacked two tugboats belonging to an oil company, Nigerian Agip Oil Company.

The gunmen, were said to have abducted the captain of the two vessels during the attack that took place in the early hours of Wednesday at about 1.30am

The tugboats were identified as MV Ebizar and MV Smoke but the identity of the victims could not be ascertained.

A security source, who pleaded anonymity, said, “The captains on board both vessels were taken away to unknown place. Nobody knows their whereabouts.”

The source said the incident occurred at an area known as Peter’s town in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

The tugboats, it was learnt were in transit from Nembe to Port Harcourt when they came under attack.

When contacted, the state police public relations officer, Mr. Alex Akhigbe, said he had yet to be briefed on the incidents.

In another development, the operatives of the Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta codenamed Operation Pulo Shield, yesterday foiled an attempt by some unidentified gunmen to abduct the maternal cousin to the President, Miss Patience Agbani.

Agbani, aged 35, was rescued from her abductors at her business outlet at Akepelai in Ogbia local government area of the state by soldiers attached to the Setraco Construction Company.

According to a community source, the lady was in her shop when she noticed a strange movement and quickly alerted the JTF operatives at the construction firm who rushed to her rescue.

Security, it was learnt, had been beefed up in Ogbia axis of the area by the relevant agencies.

Confirming the development, the Media Coordinator of the JTF, Colonel Oyenma Nwachukwu, said a distress call was received from Miss Agbani by the soldiers at the Akepelai site of road construction work and rescue operation activate by the soldiers.