Chiemeka ADINDU, Calabar
Chairman of Odukpani Local Government Area, Mrs Justina Edem has condemned the dumping of corpses in the local government area.
She disclosed that the act has become so frequent lately and appealed to those responsible to desist from such as they will face the wrath of the law if apprehended.
She made the call shortly after she visited the scene where about eight decomposed bodies were found in Qua Town in Odukpani local government area where she was accompanied by officials from Calabar Urban Development Authority, CUDA and other relevant agencies.
She said investigations were on-going to ensure that those responsible for the act were brought to book and told residents not to panic as security operatives will continue to beam their searchlight in the area to avoid future occurrences.
The chairman who spoke through the supervisor for environment, sanitation and water supply of the local government, Nsa Effiom encouraged residents to make conscious efforts to be security conscious and promptly report every suspicious movement to security operatives to enable them take necessary actions.
She said: “We heard the ugly situation that happened in Odukpani local government area and we first of all swung into action with the help of our environmental officers to ensure that the corpses are evacuated. We did the needful and those bodies were buried appropriately.
“We want to call on the security operatives, the youths and the vigilante groups to play their part because it is said that security is every man’s business and so we cannot fold our hands and watch people come to dump dead bodies in our local government.
“Odukpani is seen as the gateway to Cross River state and if this keeps happening it will scare people away, even investors and they may say the local government is no safer to stay so we call on the government to see if there can be a checkpoint at that point to ensure that such situation is arrested.”
Also condemning the act, chairman of Odukpani Leadership Academy, Kingsley Ikpeme called on the relevant security agencies to ensure that the matter is properly investigated so as to apprehend those responsible for the act.
He also emphasized on the need for the community leaders to have a local vigilante that will always be on ground to furnish security agencies with intelligence and to checkmate activities happening in their locality.
“We got the news of the unfortunate incidence that happened in our local government area so we immediately swung into action we made necessary contacts with security agents and the supervisor for environment and he gave us the hint of transpired and we had to hit the road immediately and we went to the scene to have a firsthand information of what happened.
“As we all know, Odukpani local government is the gateway to Calabar, the state capital and the engine room of Cross River State, so whatever that affects Odukpani local government area affects Cross River as a whole so that is why we’re joining the supervisor for environment, the chairman of the council, Mrs Justina Edem to call on security agencies as a matter of urgency investigate the frequent dumping of corpses in that locality.
“It is condemnable and we don’t want it in our local government, they should take it to their grave side for descent burial, not to drop it there. We don’t know the people doing this and that is why we’re calling for thorough investigation to be carried out.
“We also want to call on our brothers and sisters, the youths of Odukpani central, the youths of Qua town, to as a matter of urgency come up with effective vigilante, get it registered with the police and make sure that they patrol that place and other communities to ensure that the perpetrators of this ugly incidence are brought to book.”