Delta police arrest four persons over alleged murder of tricyclists
Shell-shoked residents of Asaba living near the old Deputy Governor’s Office along the busy Onitsha-Asaba expressway are still living in fear following the recent discovery of two decomposing bodies of commercial tricycle riders popularly called Keke riders.
They were killed by unknown persons and dumped in an undeveloped plot of land in the area.
Some Keke riders, who have reportedly identified the victims as their colleagues, are still trying to figure out the reasons for the gruesome murder.
The offensive odour oozing from the bush attracted the attention of an off-duty policeman, who took his car for repairs at a mechanic workshop in the area. A careful survey by the policeman confirmed his worst fears as he discovered the lifeless bodies of the cyclists in the bush.
A neighbour, who would not want his name in print, said the bodies were already decomposing going by the terrible stench, which had become a grave concern for residents of the area before the discovery that resulted in an alarm, which attracted many people to the spot.
Anxious members of the local Hausa/Fulani community quickly trooped to the scene to identify the corpses as two cyclists, Abubakar Suleiman and Hamza Abdulahi Alhaji, who were declared missing about two weeks ago. The two riders were killed and their tricycles stolen by the assailants.
Residents alleged that many persons have been killed in mysterious circumstances over the years and their bodies dumped in the undeveloped plot of land.
The Delta State Police spokesman, Mr. Andrew Aniamaka, who confirmed the development, said the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zanna Ibrahim, was in the middle of a meeting with top policemen in a determined bid to get to the heart of the matter.
He advised commercial motorcyclists and tricyclists to be security conscious and enjoined them to avoid operating late at night.
He said four persons had already been arrested in connection with the incident, adding that a spray painter, who was found with one of the stolen tricycles, was among the suspects.