Edo Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Chidi Nwabuzor, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), disclosed on Friday that the decomposing body of kidnapped Edo State’s former Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Egbe Ediagbonya, has been found in a forest.
According to the PPRO some farmers discovered the remains around 6:30 p.m. on May 29 at Edo forest, which shared boundary with Ondo state, near the victim’s Utese village in Ovia Northeast Local Government Area of Edo state.
The Deputy Superintendent of Police said: “The farmers who were uneasy and apprehensive about the horrible sight, rushed to the village (Utese) to break the news, and they thereater moved to the Divisional Police Headquarters in Okada, and reported the sad development to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of the station.’’
He explained that the Police swung into action and mobilized their men and families of the kidnapped ex-commissioner to the scene.
He said: “Immediately, the DPO mobilised his men, contacted the medical team of Igbinedion University, Okada and they moved to the forest, in company with the deceased’s family members and the community’s people.
“At the scene, the remains of Hon. Ediagbonya were identified to be him by his family members and immediately, the remains were professionally evacuated and taken to Igbinedion University Hospital Mortuary, Okada for autopsy.”
The DPO who condoled with the immediate family of the victim, assured that the proper investigations will be carried out and the perpetrators of the crime will be arrested.
The former commissioner was seized from his residence at Utese on Saturday, May 16 this year by unknown gunmen and suspected kidnappers.