Police confirm recovery of six officers’ bodies from boat accident
Diri condoles IGP, families of deceased personnel
Bayelsa State Police Command, yesterday, confirmed the recovery of six bodies of policemen who were missing in a boat mishap during their journey to Southern Ijaw for Saturday’s senatorial bye-election in Bayelsa State
The incident occurred on the early hours of Saturday when one of the speedboats conveying 11 policemen from Yenagoa to Southern Ijaw Council Area capsised at Oporoma.
Command spokesman, Asinim Butswat, confirmed at a media briefing that while the bodies of the six missing police officers that drowned were recovered yesterday, five of them were rescued during the mishap.
The statement added that a combined team of rescue officers from the Marine Department of the Bayelsa State Police Command and local divers recovered the six bodies of the missing policemen and had been deposited at the morgue.
Butswat said while condoling with the families of the deceased, the Command said investigation had commenced to ascertain the cause of the boat mishap.
MEANWHILE, Governor Douye Diri had commiserated with the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu and the entire force over the unfortunate death of the six officers on elections duty.
A statement issued by the Commissioner for Information, Orientation and Strategy, Ayiba Duba, revealed that the government would respect the right of its people to elect candidates of their choice during elections and would continue to cooperate with stakeholders to create an environment for peaceful coexistence.
“Furthermore, I urge the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure that the people should be allowed to vote, that their votes will be counted and most importantly, that their votes will count.
“It is also my hope that unauthorised persons, security forces, party agents or observers will not interfere in the process of polling or the expression of people’s right to elect candidates of their choice,” he said.
Diri stressed that it was of critical interest to the country’s democratic journey that Nigerians continue to grow voter confidence and be assured that the outcome of all electoral contests were not perceived as products of violence, brigandage, intimidation or inhibition of the people from casting their votes according to their conscience.
“I thank the people of Bayelsa State for their maturity, support and their law-abiding nature in the course of my administration during what has been a difficult season.
“We are monitoring events at the various polling units and wards and will make appropriate statements as events unfold. We look forward to a new era of elections in Bayelsa State devoid of violence and bloodletting, where the choices of the people will be reflected in the final results,” he added.