By VINCENT UJUMADU
…Offers N5m for information on perpetrators
AWKA—Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State, Sunday, expressed shock over the discovery of many corpses floating on Ezu River on the border town of Amansea in Awka North Local Government Area of the state and offered N5 million to anybody who might provide useful information on the matter.
Ezu River flows from Enugu to Anambra State
This came as relations of detained suspects for various crimes also yesterday besieged police stations in the state to know the fate of their relations.
Obi, who was away to the United Kingdom on official duty at the time of the discovery of the dead bodies, cut short his trip after being briefed by his aides on the mysterious development.
He arrived Awka Sunday morning and headed straight to scene of the incident.
Fielding questions from reporters, Obi said: “The fact that River Ezu flows into Anambra State from another state shows that these corpses obviously floated from elsewhere into our state.
“As you can see, the bodies are already decomposing and this shows that this incident happened some time ago.
“But I do not care where the corpses floated from; I am worried that this type of scenario could be witnessed in our country in this age and time. This is a most barbaric and unacceptable development. It cannot happen in any decent society.”
…contacts Enugu Government
He urged Nigerians to respect the sanctity of human life like other civilised people of the world who believed life was sacred.The governor has contacted the Acting Governor of Enugu State, Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi, urging him to embark on a thorough investigation into the strange occurrence, assuring the Enugu State government that Anambra State government had already begun a painstaking probe into the matter.
He explained that the N5 million would go to anyone who provided necessary information which would help to unravel the circumstances surrounding the strange incident.
Reletives of detainees besige police stations
Meanwhile, many relations of detained suspects for various crimes yesterday besieged many police stations in Anambra State to know the fate of their relations.
Looking desperate and worried, some of the relations said they could not catch sleep after seeing the gory pictures and the number of dead bodies on the television and therefore decided to enquire from the police if anything had happened to their loved ones.
A middle aged woman, who simply gave her name as Ngozi, said her husband of 10 years was accused by his distant relation of being a kidnapper, adding that he had been in police detention for over two weeks.
She said though she had been visiting him since the detention, she became worried when some people started insinuating that the dead bodies might be those in detention for suspected kidnapping in Anambra State.
Other places besieged yesterday by anxious relations include the State Anti Robbery Squad, SARS offices at Awkuzu and Nnewi, as well as the Central Police State, CPS, in Awka.
Also yesterday, a large number of policemen in three patrol vehicles from Enugu and Anambra states were seen at Ezu River, apparently to commence investigation promised by the police commissioners of Anambra and Enugu states on Saturday when they visited the scene.
The policemen came in three patrol vehicles with registration Number NPF 117 C; NPF 2347 C Enugu State Anti robbery squad and another without a plate number simply marked, Cobra squad.
The scene has also been attracting a lot of visitors who were busy pointing at objects suspected to be human bodies in the river.