Awaiting Corps Member Goes Missing In Bayelsa, Found Dead In Lagos (PICTURED)

Awaiting Corps Member Goes Missing In Bayelsa, Found Dead In Lagos (PICTURED)

Jumbo Ogah, George Daniel

An awaiting corps member, Ifiemi Igali, who went missing in Bayelsa State has been found dead in Lagos State three days later.

Igali, 22, was among the Batch A, Stream 2 graduates posted to Benue State for the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC.

Awaiting corps member, Ifiemi Igali, found dead in Lagos State | Punch
Awaiting corps member, Ifiemi Igali, found dead in Lagos State | Punch

He reportedly left Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital on Thursday, May 19, 2016 to collect his result at a University in Delta State, where he studied Geography and Environmental Management.

The deceased failed to return home which got the family members worried and all efforts to reach him proved abortive as calls placed to his phones were left unanswered.

A policeman attached to the Ojodu-Abiodun Division, Ogun State, was said to have called a family member on Monday, May 23, 2016 to inform them that Igali was found dead and foaming in the mouth and nose by the roadside in Berger, Lagos State.

An aunt to the deceased, Igali Conquer, said his Facebook updates had been wiped off, adding that the circumstances surrounding the death were mysterious.

She said, “Last Thursday, he left Bayelsa and said he wanted to get his result from the Niger Delta University. He spoke with the family members on Friday and we all believed he actually went to the school. We did not call him on Saturday and Sunday. I called him on Monday, but he didn’t pick his calls. Three hours later, a policeman called me and said he was involved in an accident.

“When his uncle in Lagos got to the station, he was told that his corpse was found by the roadside in Berger. The police are investigating the incident and we are also trying to investigate.

“We went to all the parks in Yenagoa to ascertain whether he travelled to Delta State last Thursday or not. But the drivers said they did not see him. We checked their manifests; his name was not there.

“We suspect that he was abducted and murdered because he could not have travelled to Lagos.

“Everything on his Facebook page has been deleted. I suspect something on his timeline was incriminating enough to make the alleged killer delete everything. His Whatsapp was last active on Friday.

“He was a boisterous young man and was very excited to go for the youth service.

“He was posted to Benue State and was supposed to go to camp on Saturday. The NYSC, however, postponed camping indefinitely. My heart is heavy,” Conquer added.

Furthermore, a policeman who is an uncle to the deceased who preferred anonymity disclosed that his corpse had been deposited at the Lagos Mainland morgue for autopsy.

He said: “The policemen at the station said it was passersby that told them about the corpse. I went to the mortuary and searched his body; I didn’t see anything strange and there was no mark.

“I saw foams coming out from his mouth and nose and his body had become stiff. That is to show that he was killed on Sunday.”

The Ogun State police public relations officer, DSP Muyiwa Adejobi, who confirmed the incident said they have launched an investigation into the death.

He said: “An Automated Teller Machine, ATM card and a mobile phone were found on the deceased.

“No mark in his body, but he foamed in the mouth. Investigation is ongoing to unravel the cause of the death.”

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