LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Gunmen stormed a ship supplying a Chevron Corp. offshore oil field, kidnapping three workers in an attack raising concerns over a possible unraveling amnesty deal in the crude-rich nation, authorities said Friday.
The attack happened Thursday night near Chevron’s massive Agbami oil field, operated by its Nigerian subsidiary about 70 nautical miles offshore from Bayelsa state in Nigeria’s oil-rich southern delta, officials said.
Eight gunmen boarded the MV C-Endeavour, attacking the crew and taking the three sailors hostage, Chevron spokesman Kurt Glaubitz said.
A private security official, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity as details about the kidnapping remained closely held, said those abducted were foreigners. Glaubitz declined to identify those kidnapped, citing the San Ramon, Calif.-based company’s security rules.
“The safety of our employees and contractors is our first priority,” Glaubitz said. “Chevron Nigerian Ltd. is the assisting the service company to ensure the safe release of the kidnapped crew members.”
Glaubitz said the ship belonged to contractor Edison Chouest Offshore, based in Galliano, Louisiana. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.
A Nigerian navy spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.