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The Bayelsa State Police Command has confirmed the death of six officers on bye-election duty in the state.
Commissioner of Police, Mike Okoli, said this in an interview with journalists at the command headquarters in Yenagoa while giving an update on the incident.
One of the speedboats conveying policemen deployed for the polls in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa Central senatorial district was said to have capsized and resulted in the drowning of six officers.
Reports on the incident, which occurred on the eve of Saturday’s exercise in Bayelsa Central and West, had earlier indicated that three policemen died as against six.
Okoli narrated that 11 policemen were on board the ill-fated speedboat, but six of them were missing while five were rescued.
He said, “The command is still searching for the body of the missing six policemen. They were travelling from Yenagoa to Southern Ijaw for election duty before the boat capsized at Oporoma (headquarters of the LGA).
“They are brave, dedicated and disciplined officers of the Nigeria Police Force that have paid the ultimate price while on a national assignment.”