One month after his alledged abduction and murder, the whereabout of the corpse of a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mowan Etete, who was assassinated on the eve of the February 23, 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections in Asarama community in Andoni local government area of Rivers State, remains unknown.
A family source, who spoke to LEADERSHIP Sunday on the condition of anonymity, however, denied insinuations that Etete, who was killed by unknown gunmen alongside his elder brother, was beheaded by his assailants.
The source said apart from constant threats to members of the family, the assailants have taken over their victim’s country-home at Asarama community.
He said: “The corpse has not been recovered. The corpse is nowhere to be found. The assailants are not only threatening members of the family but have also taken over his house in Asarama.
“They are now occupying his house in the village. The community cannot do anything to save the situation because they don’t have guns. It is the duty of government. The boys carry guns openly in the community.”
The family source expressed regrets that despite the presence of heavily armed policemen in Asarama and the neighbouring Unyeda community, nothing has been done to check the activities of armed youths in the community.
He said: “We have a set of mobile policemen in the community; we have a police division in that community. All of them are toothless. We have about 20 armed mobile policemen; 20 in Asarama and 20 in Unyeda community.
“We have a police division in Asarama and we have another in Unyeda. But, these policemen shake hands with these boys even while they are bearing their guns.”
The source ruled out the possibility of the family negotiating with the assailants for the release of Etete’s corpse, saying “they believe that the corpse may have decomposed considering the time he was killed.
He said: “We are not ready to negotiate with them for the release of the corpse because we are not going to do anything with the corpse. To negotiate with them to release the corpse; is it deposited in the mortuary? Between when he was killed and now, do you think that the corpse hasn’t decomposed?”
When contacted, the police public relations officer (PPRO) in the state, Nnamdi Omoni, said the police command is not relenting in its efforts to recover Etete’s corpse.
Omoni said: “We have not been able to recover the corpse but we are not relenting in our effort to do that.”
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