The Bayelsa state governor, Senator Douye Diri, has expressed deep condolences with the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, over the loss of some of the force’s personnel that drowned while escorting voting materials for last Saturday’s senatorial bye-election in the state.
The boat conveying the policemen was said to have capsized on its way to Oporoma, the headquarters of Southern Ijaw local
Governor Diri, who also condoled with the families of the deceased policemen, said in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, on Sunday, that their sudden demise while on national duty was very painful.
While describing the incident as unfortunate, he prayed God to give the police boss and the families of the policemen the strength to bear the great loss.
Meanwhile the Bayelsa State Police Command has announced the recovery of the bodies of six policemen who went missing after the boat mishap.
The unfortunate incident occurred on Friday 4th December, 2020 when one of the speedboats conveying eleven Policemen from Yenagoa to Southern Ijaw capsized at Oporoma. Five of the Policemen were rescued immediately, while six were missing.
The police in a statement issued in a Yenagoa by the spokesperson SP Asinim Butswat, said a combined team of rescue officers from the Marine Department of the Bayelsa state police command and local divers have recovered the six bodies of the missing policemen and they are deposited at the mortuary.
The command condoles with the families of the deceased. Investigation has commenced to ascertain the cause of the boat mishap.