Facts regarding the 70 recovered corpses with police-Abia government

In a deeply unsettling revelation, the Abia State Government has disclosed that security agencies possess vital information regarding the discovery of 70 corpses in the vicinity of the Lokpanta Cattle Market, situated in the Umunneochi Local Government Area of the state. This shocking revelation has not only sent shockwaves throughout the region but has also raised pressing questions about the circumstances surrounding these recovered corpses.

The Lokpanta Cattle Market is a well-known commercial hub in Abia State, serving as a pivotal center for cattle trade and commerce. The market plays a critical role in the state’s economy and serves as a meeting point for traders, farmers, and buyers from various parts of Nigeria. Its strategic location and historical importance make it an area of significant interest and concern, especially in the context of the recent discovery.

The shocking discovery of 70 corpses near the Lokpanta Cattle Market has sent shockwaves through the region. The Abia State Government’s revelation that security agencies possess crucial information about this discovery raises many questions. What led to the deaths of these individuals? Were they victims of a crime or another form of tragedy? How long had these corpses been concealed in the forest? These are questions that demand answers and have left the community and the nation at large deeply concerned.

The Abia State Government has revealed that security agencies possess information about the 70 corpses recovered in the forest near the Lokpanta Cattle Market, situated in the Umunneochi Local Government Area of the state.

During the second edition of his monthly media chat in Umuahia, Abia State Governor Alex Otti disclosed that security agents had uncovered 70 decomposing corpses and numerous skeletons during a raid of the forest surrounding the cattle market.

The governor emphasized that this discovery played a significant role in the decision by his administration to transition the market from a weekly market to a daily one, with the aim of enhancing the safety and security of residents.

However, the leaders of the northern community within the market expressed concerns and believed the governor’s actions might be an attempt to displace them, as they were unaware of the reported discovery of the corpses.

But speaking with journalists, the corpses were taken after evacuation from the forest. The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Kazie Uko, said details of the recovered corpses are with security agents, adding that they would be disclosed after the conclusion of investigations.

Uko said, “What he (Otti) said was based on the report given to him by the security men.

“It is the security men who will tell where the corpses are. It is a security matter, and they didn’t package them to come and give it to the governor.

The people did their operations, and they reported to the governor their findings. It is a security matter.”

On whether the corpses would be given a mass burial or displayed for possible identification by relatives, the CPS said, “By the time the security agencies finish their investigation, they will know what they want to do.”

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Maureen Chinaka, said she would get back on the matter. She had, however, yet to do so as of the time of filing this report.

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