Though information about the incident is still sketchy at
the time of filing the report, sources in the area said that members of the
community on sighting the bag called in police as fear couldn’t allow them to
A source from the area who gave his name as Gilbert said
that the body of the deceased was found near Amachara General Hospital,
Opposite Assemblies of God, Umuokpara in Umuahia South LGA.
“From what we were told, there was an unverified report that
some herdsmen will be attacking some communities (Amaogwugwu, Umuagu, Umudiawa,
Ofeme among others) in Umuahia North Local Government Area of the state.
“So, when the people saw the huge item near a field in the
area, they got scared of the size of the sack.
“At first, they taught it was a bomb and on second thought,
they thought it could be someone’s wares that fell off from a moving vehicle,
but because they weren’t sure and wouldn’t want to take chances, they had to
call in Police from Amankwo Police Station who came and later took away the
corpse to an unidentified place.
“No member of the community was able to identify as a member
of the community.”
In an interview with the State Commissioner of Police, Ene
Okon, he disclosed that the earlier information that the police had was that the
people feared that the parcel was a bomb.
Ene said that in response to the distress call from the
area, the Ordinance Explosive Device (OED) were sent to the area to inspect the
parcel, diffuse and evacuate the said item from the community if found to be
bomb as alleged.
According to the State Police Chief, the Bomb Squad on
getting to the scene, and carrying out inspection discovered that it was not a
bomb as the people had alleged.
“When the bomb squad was sure that the item isn’t a bomb,
they went ahead to open it. It was at that time that they discovered that it
was the body of a woman that was wrapped in the sack bag.
“From close observation, it is suspected that it is a case
of murder. There were marks on her neck that showed that she may have been
strangled to death and dumped in the community in a bag.”
Ene said that the body of the deceased has been deposited at
the Federal Medical Center (FMC), Umuahia as an investigation into the matter
He said that until the time of the report, no one has come
either from the community or elsewhere to identify the woman.
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