Bayelsa: Local canoe carrying journalists capsizes in Sampou

Four journalists covering the governorship elections in Bayelsa State were said to have fallen into the river after the small boat conveying them across the flooded part of the community capsided in Sampou community.

This incident is reported to have occured at Nun River in Kolokuma Opokuma Local Government Area of Bayelsa where the four occupants were said to have been thrown into the water.

Amongst the four journalists, are the correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria and The Nation newspaper, covering the governorship elections. The journalists were returning from the polling station when the incident happened.

According to reports, the timely intervention of sympathisers rescued them, but their mobile phones, cameras and recorders were drenched. A stretch of about 200 metres along the road, leading to polling unit 4, Ward 6, where the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Sen. Douye Diri voted was flooded, compelling the journalists to resort to local canoes to cross.

The flood had delayed the setup of polling stations across the flooded community till about 10.16 a.m, two hours behind schedule. The flood submerged many parts of Amasoma, Yenagoa and parts of Sagbama, a development that displaced polling stations.

Diri who voted at about 10.35 a.m. observed that the elections were peaceful in his area but regretted that he got reports of electoral fraud, violence in Nembe, Opolo and Enewari and other parts of the state

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