Senate to investigates the dumping of dead bodies in Ezu River

The Senate on Thursday asked its joint committee on Police Affairs, Security and Intelligence to conduct in-depth investigation into the circumstances surrounding the dumping of dead bodies on the Ezu River in Anambra State.

This followed the adoption of a motion entitled: “strange dead bodies found in Ezu River of Anambra State,” sponsored by Senator Andy Uba, (Anambra South)

Senators expressed indignation over the incident and insisted that the identities of the victims must be established.

Uba in his lead debate noted that in the early hours of Saturday, January 19, 2013, some villagers of Amansea community in Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State witnessed one of the most horrifying sights in the history of the community when they found 30 dead bodies, mostly males floating on the Ezu River.

He said that he was worried that between Wednesday, 23 January and Thursday, 24 January, four more dead bodies were discovered floating on the same Ezu River.

Uba noted that he is concerned that “even as we speak, no explanation has been proffered as to the possible origin of the dead bodies.”

The senator said that he is worried that the autopsy ordered by the government of Anambra and Enugu States has yielded no report.

He said that he is also worried that the Ezu River being the only source of water for domestic and other uses for the people of the five communities of Anambra State, namely- Amansea, Ebenebe, Ugbenu, Ugbene and Oba-Ofemili as well as other communities in Enugu State has been polluted and has caused a lot of discomfort and hardship to the people.

He urged the Senate to mandate its relevant committees to investigate the incident.

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