The police in Delta State has confirmed the boat accident in the Warri-South North Local Government Area of the state, adding that four persons were still missing.
The police command, however, noted that no official of the Independent National Electoral Commission was involved in the accident as the occupants on the boat comprised “three policemen and 15 natives.”
It said that of the 22 occupants of the boat, 18 had been rescued alive.
A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer of Delta state, Chucks Oresewezie, the security agency also noted that two of the rescued passengers were taken to the Oghara General Hospital.
No fewer than 12 persons, suspected to be ad hoc staff of INEC had been feared missing after the boat conveying them to Koko was reported to have capsized last Saturday evening.
The boat was said to have had on board about 20 persons, including corps members and security personnel, when the incident occurred around Ebrohimi community creek.
It was also gathered that 165 corps members were deployed in the local government area for the governorship and House of Assembly elections.
The Resident Electoral Commission, Dr. Cyril Omorogbe, told one of our correspondents that ad hoc officials of the commission were not involved in the mishap.