… Police keep identities of victims in wraps.
Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
Horror, shock overwhelmed Choba community in Obio-Akpor local government area, a suburb of Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital on Tuesday as the severed heads of two yet to be identified young men were discovered in a dustbin.
The heads were tied with a black cellophane bag.
One of the heads had its mouth gagged with cloth.
The bodies were later seen at Igboho road, a few kilometers away from where their heads were found with their hands tied to their back.
The corpses were later evacuated by officers from Rivers State Police Command.
In his reaction to the incident, the Paramount ruler of Choba Community, Eze Raymond Okocha described the killings act as abomination as he pledged that the community will partner with the Police other security agencies and the state government to constitute local vigilance group to avert occurrence of such incidents.
“The vigilante group that existed for Choba Community was disbanded when Governor Nyesom Wike ordered that all youth groups and vigilantes should cease to exist with immediate effect. Since then, the criminals amongst the youths have cashed on the non-existence of formidable vigilante and inadequate policing of community to perpetuate heinous crimes. We are eagerly waiting to partner with the police to ensure security is restored in our community.”
Mr.Moses Omokhuale, the Chairman of the Choba Police Community Relations, also condemned the beheading of the two unknown youths, while linking the incident to alleged supremacy battle two rival cult groups existing in community.
Meanwhile, the Rivers Police Command Spokesman, Nnamdi Omoni, DSP, confirmed to our correspondent that the command has identified the true identities of the victims. He also attributed the killings to fight for supremacy between two rival cult gangs operating in the area.
He added that families of the deceased have refuses to claim the bodies.
Omoni assured that the Police have got leads that will lead to arrest of the alleged killers of the two youths, but would not reveal them for security reasons.