The burial of Tompolo’s father started on Friday, September 23 in Warri, Delta state but unfortunately three women and one man from Kurutie and Ogulaha communities in Gbaramatu Kingdom reportedly drowned on their way to attending the event.

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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 at Warri 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.”