Barely twelve months, precisely 11th April, 2013, when the former police commissioner, Imo command, Mr Muhammed Katsina led a crack police squad to Nzurum Ejemekwuru community in Oguta LGA, to recover the remains of one Mrs Lucy Osuigwe who was allegedly killed by her son for ritual purposes and kept her in wardrobe for thirteen years before the police struck, another disturbing development has hit the serene community.
This time, another woman, Mrs. Charity Onuoha, who was buried in 2009, in her compound, has been exhumed and sold for the sum of two million naira only.
When Trumpeta visited the Onuoha family in Nzurum Umuagwu, Ejemekwuru, the grave where the woman was buried six years ago looked so fresh as if the burial was done on the 4th April 2014, the date of the incident.
Investigation by Trumpeta revealed that a mortuary attendants from Nzurum Umuagwu (names withheld) two weeks earlier had approached one Pastor John Onuoha who lives in the compound to strike the exhumation deal for two million naira, but the said pastor John Onuoha refused.
Reports say on that fateful night when Pastor John and his family had gone for religious activity was on, the suspects from Nzurum and Umujiogu (names withheld) Ejemekwuru in company of two others from Ohaji/Egbema scaled the fence of the compound and exhumed the remains of the woman.
An inside source who pleaded anonymity told Trumpeta that the skull which was dug out was reportedly sold to an Hausa man for the sum of two million naira. Early callers at the compound said they saw bones believed to be the ones dug out litter the compound.
A young man who introduced himself as Chima Austin Onuoha, the only son of the deceased, said he had petitioned the commissioner of police but regretted that arrests were yet to be made after the notification. According to him, the monetary demand on him before investigation would commence is much just as some of the suspects are walking freely in the community.
When Trumpeta called on the new state Police Public Relation, Mr Andrew Enwerem, he said he was yet to be briefed on the matter. All attempts by Mr Enwerem to put calls across to the DPO of Oguta police command proved abortive.
In another development, a community leader in Ejemekwuru who pleaded anonymity said the entire community is now living in fear since unconfirmed news filtered in that Dr Bede Osigwe, the said man accused of killing his mother for rituals has been released to his Guru Maharaji sect and id now relocated to one of the major headquarters for rehabilitation.
By peter uzoma