Four people have been confirmed dead while attending the funeral ceremony of Chief ThomasEkpemupolo, father of wanted ex-militant leader, Tompolo.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN),the people (three women and one man) from Kurutie and Ogulaha communities in Gbaramatu Kingdom reportedly drowned on their way to attending the event.
The victims were said to have boarded the ill-fated speed boat at the Miller Waterside in Warri for the event which started on Friday.The lying-in-state of the late Gbaramatu Chief inWarri.
Speaking on the incident, an anonymous community leader, said:“We were already at the funeral celebrating Chief Thomas Ekpemupolo when we got news of the accident.“Initially, we were told only two persons died, later we heard that the victims were four.
“The male victim, who was apparently from the northern part of the country, was on a mission to sell some wares at the funeral ground.”While confirming the incident, SP Celestia Kalu, the Delta state police spokesperson, said:“I was regretfully informed that AW-19 boat mounted with 115 horsepower Yamaha engine capsized atWarri river.
“My patrol team rescued 11 persons; searching and investigation is ongoing.
“For your information, there is no manifest to show the number of passengers in the boat.“So the number of deaths is not certain yet, the bodies will float by tomorrow.”