Regional Securities

Abia State: Peter Obi Decries Grisly Find in Lokpanta Cattle Market, Demands Investigation, Improved Security

  • Federal Government forcefully took over from Anambra, the investigation of the 2013 sinister case of 35 decomposing bodies found in Ezu River.

Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the 2023 general elections in a recent statement expressed deep concern over the discovery of decomposing bodies in Abia State, highlighting the alarming level of insecurity in Nigeria.

The bodies, including over 50 decomposing bodies, 20 headless bodies, and numerous human skeletons, were found near the Lokpanta Cattle Market in the Umunneochi Local Government Area of the state. Governor Alex Otti disclosed these disturbing findings during his monthly media chat at Government House, Umuahia.

Peter Obi commending Otti on his successes, also took to social media to condemn the gruesome discovery, emphasizing that such barbaric acts reflect the pervasive insecurity in the country. He underscored the devastating impact of insecurity on innocent lives and the economy, lamenting how it continues to ravage various parts of Nigeria.

  • The former governor of Anambra State drew parallels to a similar incident he faced in 2013 when he was the governor of Anambra State. He recounted the tragic discovery of 35 decomposing bodies floating on Ezu River, Anambra, which led him to rush back to the state to initiate investigations and autopsies conducted before the Federal Government, took over the process and asked the State Government to hands off.

Obi emphasized that ensuring the security of citizens is the paramount responsibility of any government, serving as the fundamental basis for meaningful development

His remarks shed light on the pressing need for effective measures to address the escalating insecurity crisis in Nigeria, as incidents like these continue to pose significant challenges to the nation’s stability and progress.

IMAGE: Punch

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