Edo govt gives Nigerian police to submit report on the discovery of 20 corpses in Benin

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Edo State government has asked the Nigerian police to probe the report of the 20 corpses discovered in Benin City.

This is due to the discrepancies that have trailed the report.

While the police accused the alleged suspect, Otu Chukwu, of hoarding corpses for suspected ritual purposes, residents believed the Otu was a mortuary operator.

Speaking with journalists at the headquarters of the Edo State command in Benin, the Specialist Adviser to Edo State Governor on a media project, Mr Crusoe Osagie, said, "the state government wants to have a full report on the incident within the next seven days."

Crusoe stated that there are divergent views on the ritual report as the story has led to calls from within and outside Nigeria.

Earlier, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the Criminal Investigation Department, DCP Olawole Oluwole, confirmed that five persons had been taken into custody as the owner, Otu remains at large.

He said the police had expanded its investigation and called on the people to remain calm.

The press briefing was attended by officials of the Edo state public health and diseased control.

Chimaobi Okoewe and Oko Samuel - from Afikpo in Ebonyi State and Gideon Sunday - from Akwa Ibom were caught with dead people in their hideout around Asoro Slope on Upper Ekewan Road in Benin City, Edo State on Wednesday, 17 August 2022.

Standard Gazette reported that three of the twenty corpses recovered were females, 15 males and two children.

The corpses had dried up at the time they were found.

According to the report, the corpses are meant for ritual purposes.

Edo state commissioner of police, CP Abutu Yaro, who commended the police team that unravelled the crime assured that a wider investigation would be opened into the incident.

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