Man, 53, found dead in Ebonyi River after 3-days of missing


By Kelechi Nwoba

A 53 year old man identified as Mr. Joseph Isu, was found dead in Amasiri River after the three days he was reported missing by his family in Amata Akpoha community in Afikpo North Council Area of Ebonyi State.

This was made known in a statement issued by the Ebonyi State Police Spokesperson, DSP Mrs. Loveth Odah.

According to the statement, Mr. Isu’s corpse was found in Amasiri River in a bag with a heavy stone round his neck.

It stated that the lifeless body of the man was recovered with the help of a search party.

NATIONAL PANEL gathered that there were several injuries and cuts from gunshots and matchets on the man's body.

The statement read: "The search party organized by the Afikpo north Divisional Police Officer (DPO) has on 01/10/2020 recovered the body of the said Mr. Joseph packaged in a cellophane bag with heavy stone hanged round his neck, with gunshot injury on his right leg and his stomach cut wide open.

“You would recall that on 28th September, 2020 one Joseph Isu aged 53yrs was declared missing by the family after the attack on Amata Akpoha people at the farmland by suspected Ezeke Amasiri Community over land/quarry ownership where about three (3) persons were also reported injured and were taken to the hospital for medical treatment."

Meanwhile, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Philip Maku has described the incident as barbaric and inhuman, when commiserated with the deceased family, the people of Amata Akpoha Community and the general public.
He therefore, urged them to remain calm while investigations is going to bring the perpetrators into book, calling all and sundry to imbibe the culture of alternative dispute resolution instead of violence. 

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