The Bayelsa State Police Command has announced that it has finally recovered the dead bodies of the six policemen who went missing today after a boat mishap in Southern Ijaw LGA of the state.
The officers were on official assignment to provide security for the Bayelsa Bye-Election when the incident occurred.
Earlier, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had confirmed the incident in a statement issued by INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye Esq.
Mr. Okoye said the “Commission extended condolences to the families of the six policemen who lost their lives when the boat in which they were escorting election staff and materials capsized in Bayelsa State”.
Meanwhile, the INEC National Commissioner disclosed that voting in the December 5 elections were marred by over-voting, abduction of staff of the Commission, violence, assault occasioning grievous hurt against INEC officials, burning of INEC materials and snatching and carting away of sensitive electoral materials, resistance to the use of smart cards readers and obstruction of the electoral process.