Against the backdrop of the controversy that has been generated by the discovery of 20 mummified bodies in a hidden private facility in Benin City, the Governor of the state, Godwin Obaseki has given the police seven days to carry out a comprehensive investigation into the purposes and ownership of the facility while also calling for calm among residents and citizens of the state.
Obaseki gave this charge through a representative at a joint press conference with the police at the headquarters of the Edo State Police Command on Friday which was monitored by Africa Today News, New York.
The Governor who was represented by his special adviser on media projects, Crusoe Osagie, disclosed that the public would be continuously updated on the progress of the investigations while it is still on.
He said: ‘We want to call for calm from the public, we don’t want to preempt the outcome of police investigation but the police is actively doing their investigations there are a lot of speculations going around; some people suspect that the place is a quack morgue, could it be for ritual purposes., and we are giving that to the police.
He further added that; ‘People have been apprehended and they are undergoing questioning. Some people are still being looked for. The governor has given seven days for them to come back to us with the details of what they have found out, was it just a morgue or is there any ritual involved? No conclusions have been reached yet so police will be allowed to do its work. We are going to continuously brief the public and we are also taking measures through the Ministry of Health to ensure that there is no public health crisis in that area. Edo is safe and there is no evidence yet that anything ritual is involved until the police are through with their investigation.’
Deputy Commissioner of Police SCID, Olawore Oluwole who is handling the investigation assured that the police would do a thorough job.
He said based on credible intelligence a bungalow was located at Asoro area and in that bungalow we found some dried bodies and some items like generator, gas cylinder, oxygen cylinder; while investigation was in progress five suspects were arrested and they are Chimaobi Okoewu and Samuel Okoh both from Ebonyi State, Gideon Sunday from Akwa-Ibom, Victor Obeche from Anambra and Yusuf Lawal from Katsina state.