1 February 2013

Nigeria: Senate Probes Ezu River Mystery Bodies

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Police line.

The Senate yesterday detailed its committees on Police Affairs and Security and Intelligence to immediately conduct a thorough investigation into the dead bodies recently found in Ezu River of Anambra State. Sequel to a motion sponsored by Senator Andy Uba, (Anambra/PDP), the joint committees are to probe the development and report the findings within two weeks.

LEADERSHIP recalls that over 35 dead bodies, mostly male were discovered floating in the river on the early hours of Saturday, 19 January, 2013, by some villagers of Amansea community in Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

President of the Senate, David Mark, expressed surprise at the development. "Until this moment, no explanation has been proffered as to the possible origin of the dead bodies, while the autopsy ordered by the governments of Anambra and Enugu states has yielded no report."

"I think it is a very serious thing that no community in this country has reported that they can't find one person; not one community has made a report. Even if police is inefficient, even if security agencies are inefficient, the communities themselves or the families themselves, nobody can come to say we can't find our son. It is very disturbing," Senate President lamented.

He continued, "I think the bigger problem is not what happened but, where did these dead bodies come from? I think the river that is flowing, the dead bodies wouldn't have just emerged from nowhere; they would have come from a certain place before they got to where they were eventually found. So it is a bit strange.

"Even if they were in boat that capsized, who are they? So it is strange and we need to be very concerned about it. In addition to that, of course the villagers naturally will be concerned and they may not want to go to the river anymore, but unless we are able to say who these people are, I think there'd be big problem for us in this country. And it is not just about security agencies alone, I think every community in this country now is involved.

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