“The boat conveying some staff of Agip was
attacked by sea robbers and one of the staff of the company died when he was
attempting to escape and drowned,” Onyema Nwachukwu, spokesman for
Nigeria’s military joint task force, told Reuters.
Two other Agip staff were missing after the attack in
the Tarabora creek in Bayelsa state, said Nwachukwu.
Pirates off the coast of Nigeria tend to raid ships
for cash and cargo rather than hijacking the crews for ransom like their
counterparts off the coast of Somalia
But onshore kidnapping is a major business in
Nigeria, especially in oil-producing coastal areas like Bayelsa.
West Africa is a worsening piracy hotspot. Attacks in
the Gulf of Guinea have increased in recent months as the area, spanning a
dozen countries, is a growing source of oil, cocoa and metals being shipped to
the world’s markets.