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Governor of Anambra State Peter Obi promises N5 Million for Information on Bodies Found in Ezu River



The governor of Anambra state, Peter Obi, has promised N5 Million to anyone with information on the bodies found in Ezu River, Amansea, Akwa North Local Government area of the state.

On Saturday over 15 bodies were found floating on the river situated at the boundary between Enugu and Anambra States. The corpses that could not be easily identified were suspected to have been dumped in the river on Friday night by unknown persons.

Natives of Amansea said some of the bodies they saw had been swept away while some were still buried down the river and are expected to become afloat later.

Obi, who was away to the United Kingdom on official duty at the time of the discovery of the dead bodies, cut short his trip after being briefed by his aides on the mysterious development.

According to Vanguard, he said the corpses obviously floated from elsewhere into Anambra state. “The fact that River Ezu flows into Anambra State from another state shows that these corpses obviously floated from elsewhere into our state. As you can see, the bodies are already decomposing and this shows that this incident happened some time ago. But I do not care where the corpses floated from; I am worried that this type of scenario could be witnessed in our country in this age and time. This is a most barbaric and unacceptable development. It cannot happen in any decent society.”

He explained that the N5 million would go to anyone who provided necessary information which would help to unravel the circumstances surrounding the strange incident.

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. Kanyinulia

    January 21, 2013 at 3:16 am

    Too bad! May their souls rest in peace. crazy and scary things happening in this world.

  2. Nina

    January 21, 2013 at 3:24 am

    just 5M for all those bodies

    • Sonia

      January 21, 2013 at 10:22 am

      Are you ok? 1 body or 1 million bodies, the money is a reward for a tip. Kai. greedy soul.

  3. oma31

    January 21, 2013 at 3:35 am

    So sad, fifteen lives….. just like that…… there is too much blood shed… too much!!!

  4. xoxo

    January 21, 2013 at 4:33 am

    Why not mandate the Police to do proper investigation into the matter and earn their wages for once? Rather than throwing money around.

  5. kemi

    January 21, 2013 at 5:04 am

    so this guy wants to give5 million naira to people to come out, the community does not even have tap water. all theives

    • Sonia

      January 21, 2013 at 10:23 am

      Real talk.

  6. AA

    January 21, 2013 at 5:52 am

    Here’s a hint dear Govenor, why don’t you carry out autopsies to ascertain exactly HOW they died and the give to reward to find out where they died. Don’t let Nigerians imaginations run wild. I have already heard someone saying the queen of the coast has given up the bodies in her possession.

  7. Olufunmi

    January 21, 2013 at 7:29 am

    OOh really? are the police dead?? or no investigators again?? oh n i remember it’s naija sef… the story will die dwn in 2 weeks **whew**

  8. Forensicbrain

    January 21, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    The Anambra State governor, Peter Obi on Sunday promised to give N5 million to anyone with information on the bodies found in Ezu River, Amansea, Akwa North Local Government area of the state.
    30 bodies were found at the old Enugu-Onitsha road axis of the River, situated at the boundary between Enugu and Anambra States.

    I think the gov. should be intelligent enough and engage the services of us, the forensic scientists in Diaspora. Yeah, I believe in cash reward, cos an eye witness can make our work easier, but that shld not be the starting point. With the basic forensic technology, they can actually determine where, when and how those corpses hit the river. Yes, that should be the starting point.
    Forensic science provides a number of solutions to solving the mystery question of when a person died. The following can be used to determine the condition surrounding the death; body temperature, digestive system, blood pooling, forensic entomology, the body farm. Forensic entomology for example, is very useful for cases where the body has been long dead. Only certain insects will feed and lay eggs on a dead corpse, and forensic entomologists study these insects, their larvae cycles and thereafter can determine whether a body has been dead for just one day or up to 3 or 4 weeks.
    In this present case, we can distinguish between drowning ( water in the lungs) and strangulation ( broken neck cartilage), along with other evidence from examining corpses on determining if a death was caused by murder, suicide or an accident.
    One of the problems police may face with the investigation is the need to confirm or recognize an unknown identity. In dealing with these cases, we the forensic experts have developed a variety of techniques such as facial reconstruction, DNA matching, dental matching, forensic anthropology and blood analysis.
    This is a another wake up call for Nigeria, in the area of security and forensic investigations (C’mon,who says we can’t have our very own CSI), another trumpet blowing for us to join the world of forensics, another call to join the moving train! Should we continue to fold our hands and wallow in “the matter is being investigated”…For how long peeps?
    So my distinguished gov, Peter Obi, waguan, how far? Are we gonna hear from you soon? Please let this scientific security train begin from our state Anambra, let our state be the very state others will emulate from, don’t let the special and unique knowledge your people have die abroad. We are ready to come home, we are ready to contribute positively to the development of our state, and we are ready to help move our country, Nigeria forward. I really hope you get to read this, or hear it from someone who read it ( Please if you have direct link to Peter, do not hesistate to give it to me.In that way u will be helping to move our country forward as well. Thank you).
    Besides this topic, we can also help create FINGERPRINT AND DNA DATABASE for all convicted and non convicted criminals in Nigeria for future use. Oh Yes, we can actually lift unseen finger and shoe prints. Paternity testing is not excluded. We really do have a lot to offer to our country.
    ………I am proudly a forensic Scientist.

    • Anambra State Govt Appointee

      February 27, 2013 at 9:59 pm

      What are your contact details and how can you be reached? Email, Cell phone, etc…


  9. Uwanma

    January 21, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    So, there’s no one to investigate the deaths. Not even autopsies etc. Not very smart or strategic

  10. smh

    January 21, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    its 2013!!!! we are not in the stone age anymore. The world has become technologically advanced!. peter obi shame on you !!! shame on you!!!! …. I do not know if there’s any threat to nigerian governors about developing the country. Maybe someone somewhere told them never to develop their states else they would die. I see no reason why in 2013 things in nigeria have not changed. TUFIAKWA!!! ahn ahn its just upsetting

  11. Obinna chiegbo

    January 21, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Dis is terrible, wat kind of world are we into. Imagine dead bodies plenty inside d river like lacasera 4 nkpor junction

  12. dera

    January 23, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Nyc 1 Peter Obi. Atleast u hv decided 2 do wat dey n oda countries but dnt 4get dis is Naija nd their blvz can b hell…dnt b suprise @ some1 bringin d juj dat killed those souls….I fink proper investigation by d Police will b beta

  13. Terrymighty

    February 19, 2013 at 6:55 pm


  14. FORENSICentomologist

    May 7, 2015 at 6:33 pm


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