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Police recovers corpses of personnel in Bayelsa waterways

The police in Bayelsa State, say four bodies have been found, including those of three police officers, who were reported missing when a gunboat collided with and sank a surveillance boat on July 25.

The bodies of the fallen law enforcement officers were sent to the mortuary at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Yenagoa, according to a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Asinim Butswat.

Odi Lyon, the operations manager of Darlon Oil and Gas Limited, and the younger brother of David Lyon, a former All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for governor of Bayelsa, was also killed in the tragedy.

The command had previously reported that the surveillance boat that was carrying the deceased officers capsized at Korokorosei in the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area.

Suspected pipeline vandals

The commissioner of police, Benjamin Okolo, accused suspected pipeline vandals of the tragedy.

He claimed that the officers who were killed had apprehended some alleged vandals and destroyed some of their tools.

And while returning to base, the gunboat carrying unidentified people, likely vandals, purposely hit the surveillance boat to capsize it, he said.

Three people were able to swim to safety.

According to another story, the gunboat that collided with the surveillance boat was supposedly operated by another crew of policemen escorting a dredger.

The source, who asked to remain anonymous, stated that the officers were on their way back after escorting the dredger to anchor at Ogboinbiri, which is also located in Southern Ijaw, when their gunboat is said to have rammed into the surveillance boat, causing it to capsize.

Reporting by Alambo Datonye; editing by Muzha Kucha and Saadatu Albashir