The men were part of a maintenance team, including security and environment officials, carrying out repairs on Thursday afternoon on the Tebidaba-Clough Creek line near the town of Azuzuama in the Niger delta’s Bayelsa state.
On Friday morning, environmental activist Morris Alagoa, whose colleague had traveled to the scene, said that authorities were still combing the area for bodies.
“Four bodies were seen floating on the river today as the search continues,” Alagoa said.
According to an official statement from Eni, the causes of the incident are still under investigation by both Eni and the local authorities.
See official statement by Eni SPA