MYSTERY CORPSES YET TO BE IDENTIFIED
A few days after five fresh dead bodies were discovered in a farmland, in a valley at Amaogwugwu Village, Umuhu, Ohuhu, in Umuahia North Local Government Area, fresh facts are beginning to emerge. This followed a visit to the site by the Abia State Director of State Security Service (SSS), Barrister Mike Ejiofor.
At the site, Ejiofor described the incident as callous. He said that the bodies have deep cuts, showing that they must have been attacked with machetes as well.
'Those who killed them did not want anybody to recognize who they are. They defaced them. I think they poured acid on their faces and also burnt their faces. Even when they were fresh, it would have been difficult for anybody to recognize who they are. They concentrated so much on their faces. I have never seen something like that before. Why should people be killed and those who kill them would not want them to be recognized? I am yet to come to terms with the entire episode. They have very deep cuts on different parts of their body, very deep cuts,' Ejiofor said.
Also answering questions from newsmen, at the police officers Mess, in Umuahia, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Jonathan Johnson, said that the police have commenced investigation on the matter.
According to him, no information can be given out to the press for now, adding: 'You know one of you told us about that incident and we cannot say anything now until we have concluded our investigation. Investigation in the matter is in progress.'
When Saturday Sun visited the site during the week, it was discovered that decomposition of the bodies has reached about 80 percent, with some of their skulls, jaws and leg bones showing. No effort has been made to remove them from the place for burial, which is the responsibility of the Health Department of Umuahia North Local Government Council.
Daily Sun on Tuesday reported exclusively, the shocking discovery of the five corpses. It also reported that there was sporadic shooting at the expressway in the night preceding the discovery. The five people were suspected to have been shot the previous night.
Residents told Saturday Sun that the incident was the first ever in the area. 'Some of the dead bodies were facing up; others faced down, while others lay by their side, cold dead and oozing unpleasant odour,' said one resident.
Up to the time of going to press the corpses had not been identified by anybody.
The victims' hands were tied behind with a green rope. Two of them are wearing trousers. One is wearing a pant, while the two others are wearing boxers pant.