The governing body of Abia state has expressed that law enforcement presently has knowledge pertaining to 70 bodies unearthed in the forest around Lokpanta Cattle Market, positioned in the Umunneochi Local Government Area.
During an environmental investigation in the vicinity of the cattle market, security personnel stumbled upon 70 decayed bodies and multiple skeletons. This shocking discovery was unveiled by the Abia State Governor, Alex Otti, during his latest monthly public briefing in Umuahia.
In an effort to safeguard the population, the governor explained that his administration had decided to alter the market’s schedule from once a week to daily.
However, northern group leaders within the market professed that they were ignorant about the finding of the previously mentioned bodies, viewing the governor’s decision as a scheme to force their departure.
When questioned about the bodies’ whereabouts post-removal from the forest, the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Kazie Uko, confirmed that law enforcement held data about the retrieved corpses and this information would be shared once investigations had concluded.
Uko stated, “The governor’s declaration was based on the evidence the security personnel supplied him.”
“Details about the location of the bodies will be revealed by the security personnel. It is an issue of safety and they didn’t present them to the governor.”
“The security personnel conducted their operations and relayed their findings to the governor. It concerns safety.”
Regarding whether the bodies will be collectively buried or displayed for potential familial identification, the CPS expressed: “Upon security forces concluding their investigation, they will decide on the appropriate course of action.”
Upon reaching out to the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, Maureen Chinaka, she stated that she would communicate with our correspondent about the matter. However, at the time of filing this report, she had not yet done so.