Contrary to the statements and posturing of the Imo State government and its officials that the frightening insecurity and attendant challenges in the state have been nipped in the bud, the terrifying menace has continued unabated.

Residents of Akokwa, in Ideato North Local Government Area of the state are said to be presently living in fear following the discovery of the lifeless body of one of their sons, Mr Ikechukwu Ebelebe, two weeks after he was kidnapped by gunmen at his ancestral home in Owerre-Akokwa, after his family had paid a ransom of #10m to his abductors.

Information available to our News desk indicate that the corpse of the Lagos based businessman and philanthropist was found by villagers where it was dumped in the bush within the vicinity of Orumba South Local Government Area of Anambra State. The lifeless body was thereafter deposited at a morgue where it was identified by the police on Saturday’’.

A source in the area who does not want to be mentioned in print said, “The villagers living in the locality near the bush where the corpse was dumped started perceiving sudden foul smell in the area.

“And upon investigation, they found the body and with the help of the police operatives, took it to the mortuary where the police confirmed that the corpse was that of the slain businessman.”

The late businessman, until his death, was the Chief Executive Officer of Divine-Ike Motors located in Lagos and he also ran a foundation named “Divine Iyke Foundation for Humanity” that cares for the elderly and the needy in the South-East.

Confirming the development to our correspondent on Sunday, the Anambra state police spokesman, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, said the corpse has been released to the investigating officers from the Imo state police command.

“The corpse has been released to the investigating officers from Imo State Police command in the presence of the family members on May 6, 2023, for necessary action.

“Meanwhile, the command is already assisting the investigating officers from Imo State, to get information from the villagers that could help to unravel the circumstances surrounding the unfortunate incident.”