Nigerian gunmen have reportedly attacked a boat carrying Eni oil workers in the troubled Niger Delta region, killing at least two people.
According to a statement by the Italian company disclosed by several media sources, the workers were attacked on June 29 in the Nembe area and three members managed to escape, although only two bodies were found so far.
The incident is currently under investigation by security agencies and no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Terrorists Kill Two Eni Workers in Nigeria
This attack joins a string of violent activities in the region over the weekend, carried out by the Nigerian militant group Niger Delta Avengers (NDA).
Overnight Sunday, the NDA claimed attacks on five major oil facilities owned by Chevron and the state oil company Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
The attack, which hit Chevron’s well 7 and 8 and three NNPC trunk lines, was claimed by the NDA on its twitter handle. Since the attack, Twitter has suspended the NDA’s account.
The Chevron-operated wells are located near Abiteye flow station in Warri South West Council Area of the Delta state, while the trunk lines are located near the Batan flow station.
Niger Delta Insurgence A Major Hit On Oil Output
The latest events come as a severe blow to the government’s attempts to enforce a cease-fire after it proposed peace talks to the militants.
This recent gush of violence in the southern delta has already caused a severe downfall in the country’s oil production this year.
Over the month of May, Nigeria reaches its lowest level in almost three decades – 1.4 million barrels per day (bpd) according to the International Energy Agency (EIA) – which helped push up crude prices.
The attacks follow Petroleum Minister Emmanuel Kachikwu’s announcement on June 27 that a cease-fire agreement had been reached with the group, allowing repairs and restoration that enabled production to reach 1.8 million bpd.
However, the continued attacks are an alleged result of President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to stop the contracts with militant commanders to protect oil facilities and cut the payments to those approved by the previous government.