The four members of the Joint Investigation Team probing the causes of oil spill at Agip facility in Azuzuama, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa, abducted few days ago, have been freed.
Spokesman for the Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta, Major Ibrahim Abdullah, yesterday said in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, that they regained their freedom following pressure from the troops in search of the kidnappers in their hideouts. Some suspected kidnappers were said to have abducted the four persons, who include two employees of Nigerian Agip Oil Company in Azuzuama along the waterways on October 4.
Meanwhile, the Director- General of National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), Mr. Peter Idabor, whose employee is one of the victims, confirmed the release of the abducted workers to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
“The incident happened last week and the four people held hostage by the abductors were freed yesterday. Our member of staff, who was among the victims, has reunited with his family. He was abducted along with a member of staff of Bayelsa State Ministry of Environment and two members of staff of Agip Oil. They were all released together,” Idabor said.