By Martin Opara
The last may not have been heard of the EndSARS protest that was trailed by sorrow, tears and blood, as the body of Uwadi Ebuzoeme who was allegedly shot by a security operative during the protest was found by his relations at Awo Omamma mortuaryin Orsu LGA last week after a frantic search.
The deceased who will be buried in his ancestral home at Umuezeala, Umuna, Orlu on November 24th 2020, was one of those allegedly shot by security operatives who stormed Orlu Evening market on Friday 23rd October 2020 and shot indiscriminately at traders, customers and passersby.
A relation of the deceased who does not want his name in print, said, they had gone round and searched virtually all mortuaries in the state, until they found the corpse few days ago.
Nigeria Watchdog Newspaper in it’s edition of Thursday October 29th, published a story captioned, “Sporadic shooting at Orlu, we can’t find corpses of our loved ones”, which narrated the anguish, cry and lamentation of those whose husbands, parents, brothers and relations went to Orlu Evening market on the day of the incident and had neither been seen nor heard from since then. They implored the state government to prevail on security agents to release corpses of victims of the sporadic shooting for decent burial.
The discovery and proposed burial of the corpse of Uwadi Ebuzoeme corroborates and gives credence to that publication.
Recall, that Nigeria Watchdog Newspaper had reported in the said publication that security operatives stormed the Orlu evening market at Ebenator, and shot sporadically in all directions at traders and their customers.
It was also reported that there was a stampede as people ran helter skelter. Many people were said to have sustained various degrees of injuries, while others who died instantly as a result of bullet wounds were allegedly carried away by soldiers to unknown destinations. Those who sustained injuries were rushed to St. Mary’s Women and Children Hospital, Umuowa, Orlu for medical attention.
As reported,many families are still searching for their loved ones and hope they will be as lucky as Uwadi Ebuzoeme’s relations.