Indigenes of Ugbolu Community have been gripped in shock following the discovery of three dead and decomposing bodies along the Illah-Ugbolu Road in the Oshimili North Local Government Area of the state.
Confirming the incidence, police spokesperson in the state, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, said on Tuesday that personnel of the command found the bodies along the road.
According to her, “Our men found three bodies in the bush along the road, but they were already decomposing, so we couldn’t identify them.
“We don’t know what caused their death, but it is obvious that they were not killed there. Their corpses were brought and dumped there.
“For now, we cannot identify who they are, because the bodies are already decomposing. Investigation is ongoing because the bodies were dumped there.”
Onovwakpoyeya also stated that the mutilated bodies could not be immediately identified by the Divisional Police Officer of the Illah Police Division and some elders of the Ugbolu community, who visited the scene.
Some residents of the area stated that the surrounding had become a flashpoint for herders, assassins and kidnappers.
The Director-General, Young Nigerian Rights Organisation, Victor Ojei, said, “We can now see reason with the Executive Chairman of the Local Government when he gave an order to everyone illegally occupying bushes in any part of the local government to leave with immediate effect or face the full wrath of the law.
“We certainly cannot fold our arms and watch our brethren have their lives cut short by evildoers. Enough is enough.”
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the local government council, Mr Louis Ndokwe, had ordered all herdsmen living in camps built in the bushes to come out and live in the community or face the wrath of the law.