Leadership (Abuja)

Nigeria: Anambra Corpses - Obi Announces N5 Million Reward for Clue

Shocked by the gory sight of corpses floating on the Ezu River in Amansea community on the Anambra State border with Enugu State, Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State has announced N5million reward to any person who could give useful information that could help in getting at those behind the corpses found floating on the river.

Governor Obi, who announced the financial reward yesterday when he went to see the floating corpses, also declared water from the Ezu River dangerous to the health and warned people to desist from making use of the water till further notice.

The governor, who was forced to cut short his trip overseas where he had gone to take part in former Secretary General of Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku's 80th birthday ceremony, decried the number of corpses floating on the river and directed the security agencies, especially the police, to swing into action and make sure that the circumstances that led to the corpses were unravelled and the perpetrators brought to book.

He said that he had already contacted his Enugu State counterpart and assured that the government of the two states would stop at nothing in making sure that whatever led to their death was unravelled.

"Human life is sacred and people should respect the sanctity of human life, and such barbaric action as we have seen concerning these corpses here should not be condoned in a decent society in this time and age", the visibly worried Governor Obi stated.

The governor was accompanied on the visit by the state commissioner of police, Bala Nasarawa. The Commissioner of police Enugu State, Musa Daura accompanied by a team of policemen from the state police command had also visited the scene of the gory sight on Ezu River. He promised that the command would join forces with the Anambra State police command to ensure that they unravel the circumstances that led to the floating corpses.

Residents of the Amansea community were jolted on Saturday morning when they woke up to behold many corpses floating on the Ezu River. Though the Anambra State police command yesterday said it had counted 18 corpses floating on the river, some eyes witnesses, however, said they were more than 40 and that they were all males. Most of the corpses wore only pants and shorts.

The identities of the dead bodies are yet to the known.

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