By ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
A decomposing body of a missing 38-year-old Gbaramatu Indigene, Solomon
Ikoto has been found along the Warri River.
Solomon Ikoto, 38 and Samuel Monday, 37 were allegedly abducted by armed
Aladja youth on their way to work along Ovwian/Aladja River in Delta
State on the 13th of July 2017.
Immediately, their families and the Gbaramatu people declared them missing as they raised the alarm.
But the decomposing corpse of Samuel has been found and taken to the Nigerian Marine Police Command in Warri, AUTHENTIC News Daily has gathered.
A cousin to the victim, Mr. Peter Ebime identified the deceased who was said to have been beheaded.
Ebime claimed to have slept with the late Solomon Ikoto on the same
bed a night before he was declared missing one other Gbaramatu indigene.
Ebime stated that it was the clothes he wore last time they slept together that was still on his remains.
The Chairman of Kokodiagbene Community, Comrade Sheriff Mulade
condemned the abduction and subsequent beheading of the deceased.
Mulade noted that Gbaramatu people are not at war with Aladja neither
were Ijaw people at war with Urhobo people, stressing that, “for Aladja
to go extreme by abducting and beheading an Ijaw person was
“Gbaramatu people have no issue with Aladja neither Urhobo nation;
Gbaramatu is not at war with any communities of Urhobo, neither is
Gbaramatu is at war with Aladja.
The Ijaw people are not at war with Uhrobo people, neither are Urhobo people with the Ijaws. For Aladja to go that extreme of abducting and beheading persons all in the name of communal crisis is highly condemnable! I condemned it in its entirety.”
Mulade also called on the Delta State Government to take bold steps in
order to resolve the lingering crisis between Aladja and Ogbe-Ijoh
communities before it gets out of hand.
The Delta State Acting Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Andrew
Aniamaka said he was not aware of the incident saying, “Let me make my
findings and get back to you please.”