Police said the unclaimed attack was launched on a convoy transporting workers to Shell’s oil and gas project, killing seven people.

Police said a convoy transporting workers to the Shell oil and gas project in southeastern Nigeria was attacked, killing 7 people.

No organization claimed responsibility for Monday’s attack, but since the beginning of this year, there has been a wave of deadly violence against security personnel and government facilities in southeastern Nigeria.

The police had previously attributed the violence to the Biafra indigenous people or IPOB, an illegal movement seeking independence for the Igbo people in the area, but the organization denied the accusation.

Imo State Police spokesman Michael Abatan told AFP on Wednesday that the gunmen opened fire on the bus convoy heading to the Shell gas plant in the area.

“In the gunman’s attack, we lost a policeman and six oil workers,” he said.

He said that an investigation is underway “to arrest the gunman and determine the motive for the attack.”

Shell’s Nigerian subsidiary SPDC confirmed the attack on a bus convoy carrying its contractor’s employees by “unidentified gunmen”, which attacked a project site in the Ohaji area.

The company said in a statement: “We have closed the project site and have reported the incident to the police for investigation.”

Before an amnesty agreement was reached in the 2000s to help restore peace, armed groups used to attack oil and gas facilities to obtain a larger share of Nigeria’s oil wealth for the people of the Niger Delta.

Monday’s attack occurred on the same day, and President Muhammadu Buhari signed a new energy bill that aims to provide oil companies with a clearer framework for investing and working in Nigeria.

The law also seeks to address the needs of local communities in crude oil producing areas, although some community leaders say the law is far from sufficient to provide them with a portion of the oil revenue extracted from their land.

Nigeria is currently responding to a number of security challenges, including a 12-year armed rebellion in the northeast, kidnapping and looting in the northwest, pastoral violence in the northern and central states, and separatist riots in the southeast.

Buhari, a retired general and former military leader who was first elected in 2015, has come under fire for his government’s inability to curb violence.

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