Peter Obi the presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the last February 2023 presidential election, on Thursday expressed his shock over reports that about 80 bodies, including 20 headless ones, and countless skeletons, were discovered around Lokpanta Cattle Market Abia State.
Governor Alex Otti disclosed that the corpses were discovered by security operatives during a raid operation of the forest in the Umunneochi axis of the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway.
Obi made the statement on his X account (formerly Twitter: “This level of barbarism and extremely cruel acts only reflects how insecure our environment has been. It unearths how insecurity has continued to ravage many parts of the country, taking innocent lives and killing the economy”.
He praised Governor Otti for “taking a bold step against insecurity in the state. This is highly emulatable.”
Obi recalled a similar situation in 2013 when he was the governor of Anambra State.
He said: “I was accompanying President Goodluck Jonathan to an official engagement outside the country when I received the sad report of about 35 decomposing bodies floating on Ezu River, Anambra,” he recounted.
“I had to leave everything to rush back to the state to attend to the situation and ensure that order was restored in the vicinity. The investigation was immediately commenced, with autopsies conducted, before the Federal Government took over the process and asked the state government to hands off,” Obi continued.
The former governor of Anambra state maintained that “security of lives and property remains the primary duty of any government and key to any meaningful development we hope to experience as a nation. We must therefore prioritise it”.