Residence of the Amansea community, near Awka, had woken up on Saturday morning to discover 15 corpses afloat the river bordering Anambra and
The police reported that the number of corpses had increased to 18.
Governor Obi visited the scene of the unfortunate discovery today and described the killing as ‘mindless’ and dumping of the corpses as “barbaric and shocking.”
He said, “What happened here is unacceptable in any decent society. Human life and blood is sacred and all of us must respect the sanctity of human life.”
Obi further assured that Enugu and Anambra states government would not leave any stone unturned to get to the root of the matter, irrespective of whom the victims were.
The Governor who had to cut short his overseas trip to witness the horrible scene in person was accompanied by the State Police Commissioner, Mr Bala Nassarawa and other top government officials.
He urged the people of the community to remain calm as the state governments were on top of the situation.
“The police have been directed to move in their homicide teams and recover the bodies.” he added.
Meanwhile, evacuation of the bodies began at about 4 pm on Sunday with the discovery of three additional corpses, bringing the total number to 18.
The evacuation was done by some officials in traditional canoes, who moved around the river retrieving bodies to a designated place, apparently for mass burial.
Pathologists from the Police and state government, who were expected to carry out autopsy on some of the bodies
retrieved were also present at the scene.
The State Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Mrs Azuka Enemuo, confirmed that the drilling of boreholes will commence on Monday (today).
“We will commence drilling of boreholes on Monday to further ameliorate the water plight of the community.”