Ezzu River dead bodies: Senate keeps mum on probe report

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BY JOHNBOSCO AGBAKWURU & JOSEPH ERUNKE

ABUJA—One year after the Senate mandated two of its committees to unravel the circumstances surrounding the over 35 strange dead bodies found floating on Ezzu River, Amansea, a town on the border between Anambra and Enugu states, it is yet to release the probe report.

MaceThe unidentified dead bodies, mostly males, were discovered floating on the river in the early hours of Saturday, January 19, 2013, by some villagers of Amansea, in Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

The situation generated panic across the state as people wondered where the bodies could have come from, given that no community had come up with claims of missing members.

Two weeks after the incident, precisely on January 31, 2013, the upper legislative chamber, after an intense debate on a motion brought sequel to the development, by Senator Andy Ubah, PDP, Anambra South, mandated its Committees on Police Affairs as well as Security and Intelligence, to immediately carry out a thorough investigation into it and report the findings within two weeks.

The Senate had during the motion, entitled: “Strange Dead Bodies found in Ezzu River of Anambra State,” expressed concern that the inability of the country to unearth the cause of the incidence could adversely affect its reputation, hence its action.

The joint committee, headed by Senators Matthew Nwagu, PDP,  Imo North and Mohammed Magoro, PDP, Kebbi South respectively, which was mandated to carry out an indebt investigation into the matter and report findings to the Senate committee within two weeks, is yet to submit report eleven months after.

Efforts by Vanguard to speak with the two committees’ chairmen in respect to their probe reports proved abortive, as they could neither pick calls nor respond to short text messages made to their known mobile telephone lines.

It will be recalled that the autopsy ordered by the governments of Anambra and Enugu states yielded no report.

“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 a boat that capsized, who are they? So, it is strange and we need to be very concerned about it,” David Mark had said.

“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,” Senate President,

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