There is tension in Rivers State as gunmen have exhumed the body of one late Princewill Odiari, a former Chairman of Asari-Toru local government area, who died last Thursday of Coronavirus.
It was gathered that the late Princewill’s body was exhumed from the Port Harcourt cemetery by gunmen suspected to be native of Buguma, his hometown.
An eyewitness disclosed that the gunmen shot sporadically into the air as they headed for the site where the late LGA Chairman was buried and dug out the coffin and escaped with it through the Bille waterside jetty in Port Harcourt.
An eyewitness, who pleaded anonymity, said that the gunmen were heard grumbling about the lackadaisical burial of Odiari Princewill.
“I think they are ‘system men’. The way they came to the cemetery everyone just slowly walked away. Sometimes, we have people come like that, especially when the person that died belonged to a group.
“But this one is different. They just came and went straight to the burial ground and started digging out the sand. They were like 10 of them. They said they want to give the Chairman a proper burial in his hometown,” he said.
When contacted, Police Public Relations Officer in Rivers state, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, promised to confirm the incident.
However, reports from Buguma say crisis is looming as Rivers State government had sent troops to prevent entrance of the exhumed body of late Princewill into Asari-Toru Local Government Area.