The Governor of Ebonyi state, David Umahi, has said the body of the naval officer who was declared missing sometime ago in Umuogodoakpu-Ngbo community in Ohaukwu LGA of the state has been exhumed by security agents, saying that the officer was used for rituals.
The lifeless body which was discovered in a shallow grave was said to have led to the arrest of a monarch and councillor in the community
It was gathered that Umuogodoakpu-Ngbo and the neighbouring Agila community in the Ado LGA of Benue State have been enmeshed in a protracted boundary dispute which claimed many lives and led to the destruction of property worth millions of naira.
Addressing the entire state in a state wide broadcast, Gov Umahi said investigation by security agents revealed the late officer was used for rituals.
Umahi said his remains had been exhumed, adding that those linked to the killing had also been arrested and would be prosecuted.
“Sometime last month, we had an unfortunate incident of the missing of a naval officer in Ngbo community of Ohaukwu LGA and I directed that the royal highness, coordinator, councillor, and the management committee members within that location should be arrested and charged with accessory to information on murder.
“This was done since the community refused to give us the names of the people that held the naval officer. Unfortunately, last night, it was confirmed that the naval officer was killed. In fact, the security people said he was used for ritual; that one particular person went home with the skull and they have been able to exhume the remains.
“There was a raid last night in Ngbo and people were calling me. Unfortunately, I was not informed of the raid. But if I was informed, I would have kept mute. The life that was lost is not that of an animal. A trained military officer and I want our people to be careful with lives.
“Today, all those that are involved in the killing have been rounded up and they are going to appear in court. I have also told the IG (Inspector-General of Police) to set up a special unit in that Ngbo axis to check aggression from Agila people and also cleanse the town.”