Gov Otti: Over 80 Bodies Recovered From Kidnappersโ€™ Den In Abia

Alex Otti

Governor Alex Otti of Abia State has revealed the gruesome discovery of over 80 bodies in kidnappersโ€™ den in the state.

According to the governor security intelligence indicates that the ransoms paid for kidnapped victims was always picked up around Umuchieze Cattle Market in Lokpanta of Umunneochi Local Government Area (LGA).

Speaking during the monthly media parley at the Government House, Umuahia the discovery of the market as a centre for criminality was made possible through electronic equipment installed in different parts of the states.

He said: โ€œWe installed electronic equipment to find out what is happening in every part of the state. A few weeks ago, we found that a lot of the ransom that was paid for kidnapping ended up somewhere around Umunneochi LGA.

โ€œWe decided to dominate the place and what we saw was shocking. In less than 48 hours, we recovered over 80 dead bodies around the cattle market, and we recovered 20 headless bodies decomposing bodies which include adults and children.

โ€œWe recovered uncountable skeletons of people who had been killed and left to decompose still around that axis”.

He expressed the resolve of the state government to rid Abia of all forms of crime because โ€no government succeeds in the face of insecurity.โ€

Otti said the government would neither condone nor get involved in supporting insecurity in any form or manner.

He added that different forms of crime such as gun running, prostitution, narcotics trade and heavy use of substance were highly operational in the market.

He said that investigations were still ongoing to ascertain the people involved in the crime.

Otti said that this informed the decision of the state government to change the cattle market into a general market.

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