Members of two Senate committees, police affairs and security and intelligence, are headed for Anambra State tomorrow to tour Ezu River in Amansea, the scene of a macabre scene of floating corpses.
Some 60 bodies have been reportedly sighted on the river, with 23 bodies recovered by police investigators.
News of the horrific finds first emerged on January 19 when members of the community around the river told reporters about the bodies.
The committees’ joint trip followed appeals by Chris Ngige, the senator representing Anambra Central, an area that includes the community where the corpses were found. “We are deeply troubled that nobody knows for sure yet the identity of these corpses and how they came to be in the Ezu River,” said a member of one of the committees. He added, “That’s why we agreed that we must go and ask questions and see what we can come up with.”
On January 26, Mr. Ngige had visited the site of the gory discoveries. After interacting with members of the community, he donated 6000 sachets of drinking water and 51000 bottles. He also stated that a mechanized borehole would be constructed for the immediate community.
Since the corpses were found, the members of the community have been afraid to utilize the water for drinking or any household purposes.
On his return to Abuja, Senator Ngige briefed members of the Police Affairs Committee, of which he is a member, and proposed that the entire committee visit the site on fact-finding and sympathy missions. The committee oversees the Nigerian Police Force while the security and intelligence committee is in charge of overseeing the State Security Service (SSS).