Four policemen and Odi Lyon, a younger brother to the former All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Bayelsa State, David Lyon were confirmed dead on Wednesday in Bayelsa State as a gunboat on patrol duty reportedly crushed their ferry on Wednesday.
Odi, who was the Operations Manager of Darlon Oil and Gas Limited, an oil surveillance company in the Niger Delta owned by the senior Lyon could not survive while Ogbojimo, one of the aides of Mr. David Lyon survived.
The incident occurred between Ogbunugbene and Ondewari communities near Korokorosei around 1.40am on Wednesday.
One of the deceased officers was said to have managed to swim to the shore but died before he could get to a health facility at Olugbobiri.
His corpse has been recovered while the remaining victims had yet to be found.
It was gathered that the 200 horsepower engine boat of the victims stopped abruptly for yet-to-be-disclosed reasons before the gunboat overran them.
It was also alleged that the gunboat mistook them for sea pirates or militants allegedly disturbing the area could not also be verified as of press time.
The spokesman for the Bayelsa State Police Command, Asinim Butswat, confirmed that four officers were missing.
He said, “On July 25, 2022, around 8pm, a boat conveying policemen on surveillance capsized at Korokorosei waterways, in the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area. One policeman’s body was recovered, while three are missing.
“The command is yet to establish the circumstances surrounding the unfortunate incident. Divers have been deployed in the area for possible rescue of the missing persons”.