BY PETER DURU, Makurdi
THE unusual happened at Adeka in Gboko local government area of Benue State, weekend, when a commercial motorcycle operator, (names withheld), in a mysterious circumstance, turned into a brand new motorcycle.
Crime Alert gathered from an eyewitness that the Okada rider had picked a female passenger from the Yandev area of the town en-route Adeka. On getting to her destination, the female passenger dropped from the motorbike and after paying for the ride, the ‘Okada’ rider called her attention to a sum of money he claimed dropped from the hand bag of the passenger.
Our source stated that the female passenger maintained that she did not have such a huge sum in her possession hence the money couldn’t have dropped from her bag. According the source, the commercial motorcycle operator insisted that the said money dropped from the woman’s and insisted that the she picked up the money.
He said: “At this point a mild drama ensued between the two of them as the Okada rider insisted that the woman picked up the money but the woman refused vehemently. The Okada rider was almost forcing the woman to pick the money when the woman cried out for help from bystanders who intervened in the matter.”
Our source explained that passers-by intervened and after hearing their story, the female passenger was asked to take her leave while they impressed on the Okada rider to pick up the wrap of money. “He declined, but the mob that gathered at the scene threatened that if he failed to pick up the money, they would be left with no other option but to club him to death.
It was at that point that he agreed to pick up the large sum of money, and to the chagrin of everyone, the moment he touched the money, he turned into a brand new motorbike.”
Crime Alert gathered that some shocked members of the crowd took to their heels while others summoned the courage to report the matter at the Gboko Central Police station from where Police personnel stormed the scene and moved the new bike to the station for further investigation.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations officer, PPRO, Mr. Ejike Alaribe (ASP) said he was yet to be briefed on the bizarre story. Alaribe said: “I am not aware of the story; nothing like that has come to my knowledge.”
Investigate mystery of hanging corpse
THe onerous task before the Benue State Police Command is to unravel the mystery behind the death of a Secondary School leaver who was found hanging under the old Makurdi bridge few days ago.
The decomposing body of Daddy Awange was discovered under the Old bridge after days of his being declared missing by family members who had embarked on a desperate search for him to no avail.
But after futile attempts to locate him, his lifeless body was found by fishermen in what seemed a bizarre case of suicide. The decomposing remains of 22-year-old young Awange was found dangling awaiting infestation by wild birds. The scene attracted many sympathizers and bystanders who thronged the old brigade to catch a glimpse of the hanging corpse, thereby creating huge vehicular traffic on the route.
Crime Alert gathered from one Tartor Suemo who claimed he was a cousin of the deceased that the late Daddy was declared missing over a week ago.
According to him, the deceased mysteriously left home last week Tuesday at about 10pm and nothing was heard from him until the story of his decomposing body found hanging under the old bridge filtered into town. “This is strange because Daddy had no history of mental disorder, he has just finished writing his school certificate examinations; this is just unfortunate”, he added.
It wasfurther gathered that the deceased was the fourth child of PDP stalwart and Gubernatorial Liaison Officer, GLO, for Guma Local Government Area, Mr. Mtuna Awange.
Attempts to reach the Liaison Officer proved abortive as he was said to be out of town and couldn’t be reached on phone, this is just as all the siblings of the deceased were overwhelmed by shock hence could not comment on the matter.
However a close family source told Crime Alert that prior to his disappearance from home a day before, the young man had dashed home from an outing looking ruffled. He was said to be looking unusually dirty as if he was engaged in a fight in a dusty terrain. According to our source, when he was confronted, he fell short of words and couldn’t offer an explanation as to his unusual looks and appearance.
Headache and feverish condition
“Though few days before the incident, he had been hospitalized after he complained of headache and feverish condition. He was treated and discharged from the hospital and was doing well before his sudden disappearance”, the source said.
The family source also disclosed that the deceased was more on the quiet side and was not known to keep relationship with questionable characters in the Angwan Jukun neighborhood where he lived with his parents before his demise.
“He was a level headed boy and was more on the quiet side and he was not known or identified with bad boys in the neighborhood, that is why the manner of his deaths is strange. What has happened to him is a riddle that the Police would have to crack if justice will be done to this heart- breaking incident”, he added.
Meanwhile, a woman and mother of four at the Angwan Jukun neighborhood who spoke to Crime Alert on grounds of anonymity attested to the outstanding conduct and behavior of the deceased whom she described as a ‘nice boy’.
According to her, “He was one of the boys around here who we were all proud of because he never had issues with any neighbor. Whenever he comes in contact with anyone, he greets you and accords you so much respect and we were all proud of him because he epitomized good conduct and sincerity that is lacking in young men of nowadays”, she said.
She urged security agencies to dig into the cause of death of the young man stressing, “we are all worried in this neighborhood because if a sound young man like Daddy could die in such a mysterious manner, then it means no one is safe”. The neighbor insisted that the young man couldn’t have killed himself, “why would he kill himself, that is the question the Police would have to crack and unravel”.
Meanwhile, family members and relatives of the deceased were seen removing the hanging corpse for burial in Agasha, Guma local government area. When contacted,Benue State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Ejike Alaribe ASP, stated that the Police was investigating the matter. Alaribe pointed out that the Police would dig into every clue to unravel the cause of the death; “we are not ruling out anything in our investigations”, he added.
He assured that the Police would not fail in the task of unearthing the mystery of the death.