INEC declares results of Bye-Elections even as six Police officers drown in Bayelsa state were confirmed dead


Six personnel of the Nigeria Police Force have been confirmed dead after a boat accident in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

The police officers were on their way to Southern Ijaw Local Government Area for the bye-elections before the unfortunate incident.

The incident occurred on the eve of the Saturday Senatorial Bye-election holding in two senatorial zones of the state.

The Bayelsa State Police Command, Spokesperson, Asinim Butswat on Sunday confirmed to Magic FM that the bodies of the six officers have been recovered.

11 policemen were on board the boat that capsized.

Bye-elections held in 11 states across the country, covering six senatorial districts and nine state constituencies.

Meanwhile, Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has commiserated with the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, over the loss of some police personnel that drowned while escorting voting materials during the December 5 senatorial bye-election in the state.

The boat conveying the policemen capsized on its way to Oporoma, the headquarters of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area.

In a statement issued on Sunday by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Alabrah, the governor also condoled with the families of the deceased policemen, adding that their sudden demise while on national duty was very painful.

While describing the incident as unfortunate, he prayed God to give the IGP and the families of the policemen the strength to bear the great loss.