The Commissioner of Police, Mike Okoli, stated this in an interview with newsmen at the command headquarters in Yenagoa, the state capital while giving an update on the incident.
The Police Command in Bayelsa State has confirmed the death of six police officers on bye-election duty in the state.
One of the speedboats carrying policemen deployed for the polls in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa Central senatorial district was said to have capsized resulting in the drowning of six police officers.
It had earlier been indicated in previous reports that three policemen died in the incident which occurred on the eve of Saturday’s exercise in Bayelsa Central and West
Okoli,however stated 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.”
Also, the Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, has sent his condolences to the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, over the loss of the deceased officers on bye-election duty in the state.
Diri disclosed in a statement on Sunday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah, that he was deeply saddened by the incident.
He stated, “Their sudden demise while on national duty is very painful. It is a very unfortunate incident, and we pray God to give the IGP and the families of the policemen the strength to bear the great loss.”