By Feston Ahon
ASABA—APPREHENSION, yesterday, enveloped Asaba metropolis and its environs, following the discovery of two decomposing corpses of tricycle riders killed by unknown persons.
The corpses, which were dumped on an undeveloped plot of land along the Onitsha-Asaba Expressway, close to the old Deputy Governor’s office, were reportedly discovered by a police officer, who took his car for repairs at a mechanic workshop in the area.
According to a source, the officer was attracted to the spot by an offensive odour. The source, who pleaded anonymity, said the policeman raised alarm that attracted residents of the area.
The source said the incident has driven fear into residents of Asaba, particularly tricycle and motorcycle riders, who identified the victims as their colleagues.
The source alleged that the deceased’s tricycles were missing.
Meanwhile, members of the Hausa/Fulani community, who got wind of the discovery, have identified the victims as Abubakar Suleiman and Hamza Abdulahi.
Vanguard gathered that the deceased had been declared missing two weeks ago.
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Andrew Aniamaka, said the command is on top of the matter, adding that four persons have already been arrested in connection with the incident.
Aniamaka said that a spray painter, who was found with one of the stolen tricycles, is among the four suspects in police net, expressing hope that all the suspected killers would be arrested and brought to book.
He said the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Zanna, has been meeting his men on how to unmask the faces behind the killings, urging commercial motorcyclists and tricycles operators to be security conscious and avoid operating late at night.