From GEOFFREY ANYANWU, Awka and David Onwuchekwa, Nnewi
A reward of N5 million has been offered by Anambra and Enugu state governments for anyone with genuine clue to who dumped the dead bodies at Ezu River in Amansea, Awka North Local Government, Anambra State, which borders the two states.
Governor Obi, who cut short his overseas trip because of the incident made the offer on behalf of the two states yesterday, when he visited the scene where the bodies were found, assuring that both states would ensure that those behind the incident were exposed. He disclosed that he was with the ailing Governor of Enugu State; Mr. Sullivan Chime in London when the information on the discovery of the floating dead bodies was relayed to them, declaring that the two states had decided to leave no stone unturned in unraveling the mystery behind the incident.
He said: “It is a very bad development, which every human being should be sad about at this modern age. This is unacceptable. Human life is sacred and we should respect all the sanctity of that. “I thank the Anambra State Police Commissioner Bala Nasarawa and his Enugu State counterpart, Musa Daudu for their quick responses on Saturday and other security agencies, we want to unravel the mystery behind this. There is no suspicion for now. But the most important thing for us is to know the source of this despicable act. We are no longer in barbaric age.
“We are putting up N5 million to whoever that will give us genuine clue of what happened. We cannot take this in our society today. I was with Governor Chime of Enugu State when this information came.” The governor who visited the scene in company with Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Bala Nasarawa, his Special Adviser on Security, Col. Molokwu (retd) among others said he would work closely with the acting Governor of Enugu State, Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi to ensure that the homicide department of the two states’ police commands evacuates the dead bodies from the river within a short time.
He however advised the people of the area not to fetch water from the river, promising that the two states would ensure that drinking water was provided for them because of the contamination of the river, which is their major source of water. He said: “Let me tell the people of these communities that nobody should fetch water in the river again.
We are going to provide the communities with portable water. This river has become poison for anybody and this will be done soonest.” Meanwhile, the people of Amansea and their neighbouring communities were still in fears over the incident, especially, as the source of the dead bodies had not been unraveled. As at press time, evacuation of the dead bodies was in progress.