Lagos: Four policemen, including an assistant superintendent of police, were shot dead by pirates Tuesday afternoon in the Nigerian oil hub of Port Harcourt.
The incident happened at the Abonnema Wharf, with the masked pirates said to have opened fire on the policemen killing four, with one jumping into the water to escape according to local news site Thisday Live.
It is believed that there were around 24 pirates involved in the attack, arriving at and departing the scene on four boats.
The wharf area has been earmarked for redevelopment and houses oil storage facilities for various companies including Aiteo, Bulk Strategic Reserve, Shorelink Oil and Dozzy Oil and Gas.
There were 67 reported piracy and armed robbery incidents in the Gulf of Guinea in 2014 according to Oceans Beyond Piracy, with 60% of them occurring off Nigeria.