Obaseki gives security agencies ultimatum over 20 mummified corpses discovered in Edo

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has given state security agencies seven days to unravel the “truth” behind the 20 mummified bodies discovered inside a building in the state. The governor, represented by his press advisor, Crusoe Osagie, gave the ultimatum on Friday at a joint press conference with the Benin police. The briefing was to update members of the public on “alleged ritual activities in the state.” PREMIUM TIMES reported on Wednesday how police discovered the bodies in a building along the Asoro slope, off Ekenhua Road, Uzebu neighborhoods, Benin City. Of the 20 bodies, 15 were men, three women and two children, according to a state police spokeswoman, Jennifer Iwegbu. Three suspects were initially arrested at the scene of the incident, but state deputy police commissioner Olaware Oluwole, who spoke at Friday’s news conference, said five suspects were arrested in connection with the incident. Oluwole called for calm and assured residents that the matter was being investigated. In addition to the mummified bodies, police recovered generators, gas and oxygen cylinders in the building, Oluwole said. Like other states in the country, Edo has been grappling with security challenges, in particular unsolved murders and kidnappings for ransom. A Catholic priest, Christopher Odia, was killed in Edo by kidnappers in June An Italian Catholic priest, Luigui Brena, was kidnapped by gunmen in the state last month and later rescued by police. Armed men, in 2021, intercepted a hearse on the Benin bypass in Edo that was transporting the body of an unidentified man from Lagos to Enugu state for burial and kidnapped a man. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Obaseki gives security agencies ultimatum over 20 mummified corpses discovered in Edo