Abia State Govt Gives Update On 70 Recovered Corpses

Abia State Govt Gives Update On 70 Recovered Corpses

The Abia State Government has said the details of the 70 corpses recovered in the forest around the Lokpanta Cattle Market in the Umunneochi Local Government Area of the state are with security agencies.

The Abia State Governor, Alex Otti, had last Sunday during the second edition of his monthly media chat in Umuahia, disclosed that security agents uncovered 70 decomposing corpses and numerous skeletons during a raid of the forest around the cattle market.

The governor explained that this informed the decision by his administration to convert the market from a weekly market to a daily market, to ensure the security of lives.

The leaders of the northern community in the market, however, said they saw the move by the governor as a ploy to eject them, adding that they were not aware of the discovery of the said corpses.

But speaking with our correspondent on where the corpses were taken after evacuation from the forest, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Kazie Uko, said details of the recovered corpses are with security agents, adding that they would be disclosed after the conclusion of investigations.

Uko said, “What he (Otti) said was based on the report given to him by the security men.

“It is the security men who will tell where the corpses are. It is a security matter and they didn’t package them to come and give to the governor.

“The people did their operations and they reported to the governor their findings. It is a security matter.”

On whether the corpses would be given a mass burial or displayed for possible identification by relations, the CPS said, “By the time the security agencies finish their investigation, they will know what they want to do.”

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Maureen Chinaka, said she would get back to our correspondent on the matter. She had, however, yet to do so as of the time of filing this report.

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