MAKURDI — The decomposing body of the 22-year-old son of a chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was found dangling under the old Makurdi Bridge, Makurdi, Benue State capital, yesterday, in what seemed like suicide.
The deceased, whose name was given as Daddy Awange, was said to have just finished writing his school certificate examinations and was not known to have exhibited any sign of madness or ill health before he left the family house last Tuesday at about 10pm. He failed to come back.
The scene of the bizarre incident attracted many sympathisers and by-standers who thronged the scene to see the hanging corpse, thereby creating huge vehicular traffic jam on the route.
One Tartor Suemo, who identified himself as a cousin of Awange, said the deceased was declared missing a week ago after disappearing from the house.
Suemo said: “Awange mysteriously left home last Tuesday at about 10pm and nothing was heard from him until the story of his alleged suicide was reported to the family.
”This is strange because Daddy had no history of mental disorder. He had just finished writing his school certificate examinations. This is just unfortunate.”
Vanguard further gathered that the deceased was the fourth child of the PDP stalwart and Gubernatorial Liaison Officer, GLO, for one of the local government councils in the state (names withheld).
Attempts to reach the deceased’s father were unsuccessful as he had reportedly travelled out of town and could not be reached on telephone.
Meanwhile, family members and policemen were removing the corpse for burial at the time of this report.
When contacted, Benue State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Assistant Superintendent Ejike Alaribe, stated that the Police was investigating the matter, adding that efforts were being intensified to unravel the cause of the death.
‘’We are not ruling out anything in our investigations,” he added.
-Latest Nigeria News (Filed under: Breaking News/Benue State)
By Peter Duru
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