The Police Command in Bayelsa has announced the recovery of bodies of the six policemen who went missing after a boat mishap in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state.
The incident occurred on Dec. 4 when one of the speed boats conveying 11police personnel from Yenagoa to Southern Ijaw capsized at Oporoma.
Five of the police personnel were rescued immediately, while six others were missing.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Asinmi Butswat, confirmed the incident on Sunday in Yenagoa.
He said that the bodies of the missing police personnel, recovered by a combined team of officers from the Marine Department of the command and local divers, had been deposited in one of the morgues in the state.
Butswat, who expressed the command’s condolences with the families of the deceased said that an investigation had commenced to ascertain the cause of the mishap.
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has condoled with the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, over the loss of some of the personnel that drowned while escorting voting materials for last Saturday’s senatorial bye-election in the state.
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.
Diri, however, commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the smooth and fast process it put in place for the election.
The governor, who voted at his hometown in Sampou Ward 7 Unit 4 accompanied by his wife, Gloria, said INEC’s decision of having accreditation and voting simultaneously saved time and energy.
He said: “The process was faster and even more smooth. The card reader identified me as soon as my voter’s card was slotted in.
“So I can describe the process as smooth, fast and peaceful. Certainly, the simultaneous accreditation and voting enhanced the process rather than waiting for hours before coming back to vote. I think this decision of taking them at the same time is far better than what we used to do,” he said.