The police in Bayelsa State have recovered the body of one Mr. Athur Kpe, a 28-year old graduate of the Bayelsa State College of Arts and Science.
Our correspondent gathered that the victim was beaten to death by unknown persons who later dumped his corpse along the Alameiseigha Road, Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state.
It was learnt that the body was discovered by the Patrol team of the special police squad codenamed, Operation Door Akpoo.
The police were said to have recovered a mobile telephone and some cash from the pocket of the victim.
Our correspondent learnt that the deceased was a cousin to the late former Commissioner of Sports, Elder Bethel Amababe.
He was said to have hailed from Otuan in the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state.
Some friends of the deceased suspected that he might have died in the hands of a gang of criminals that specialised in abducting and dispossessing their victim of their belongings under the guise of operating a taxi.
But some of his family members claimed that the mobile telephone of the deceased was tampered with and that his received call log was deleted by his killers.
It was further gathered that the victim left home on Saturday at about 5pm but that nobody sighted him until his coprse was recovered by the police.
A brother to the decease, Mr. Asiere Amababe,told our correspondent that all efforts of his family members to contact him through his mobile telephone proved abortive.
“A call put through by a neighbor known as Stephine at about 7am on Sunday was picked by a male voice but we later discovered that the voice was a policeman”, he said.
He added, the voice asked me to come to the Federal Medical Centre’s mortuary. When I got to the place, I saw the corpse of my brother with a blood-soaked singlet and a fatally bruised body.His trousers were pulled down midway and cotton wool already used in blocking his mouth and nose.”
When contacted on the development, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr.Fidelis Odunna, said he would make enquiries and get back to our correspondent.