APART from three bodies of keke riders exhumed from the foundation of a building at Ugwuaji, in Enugu State, fresh revelations indicated that five human skeletons were also excavated from the site.
An eyewitness who participated in the search, but declined to be named, reiterated to Daily Sun yesterday that in addition to the three bodies recovered from the foundation of the building, skeletons, as well as female bags were recovered from the site.
“We even saw some female bags at that scene, which suggests that some women must have also fallen victims,” he disclosed.
Meanwhile, Tricycle Riders’ Association, popularly knows as ‘keke riders’, yesterday identified three of the victims in the suspected ritual killing as their members.
Chairman of the union, Ikah Benjamin Ejimofor, who led executive members of the association on a condolence visit to the Enugu Central Mosque at Asata Enugu, described the gruesome murder of the keke riders as “most wicked and despicable.”
He gave names of the victims as Babangida Sale, Ashahabu Dauda and Ismahil Abdulahi.
On Monday, three dead bodies were exhumed from the foundation of a building project, located along the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway.
Ejiofor, who fought back tears as he spoke, described the killing as most barbaric and against the principles of life.
“Our members render important service to the society and it is so bad that the same people we serve should turn back to treat us this way.
“We are grieved so much over this colossal loss and, that is why we are here to commiserate with the Hausa community in Enugu. We are, indeed, in this tragedy together. We are so much pained.”
Giving insight into the incident, he said the keke riders left their different units on Saturday but never returned, adding that, “a search party was later organised and that is the result of what we saw on Monday.
“At this moment, our plea to security agents is that this evil should not go unpunished; no stone should be left untouched in a bid to bring the perpetrators of this dastardly act to book.
“We cannot categorically say whether they were killed for ritual or not, because, even their tricycles have not been found; so, we are leaving that aspect for security agents to unravel. ”
He advised keke riders to, henceforth, stop picking people to drop them in isolated areas.
Also speaking, one of the leaders of the Hausa community in the state, A. A. Sambo, described the death of their brothers as most shocking.
“We lack words with which to describe this situation; it is so sad that vibrant young men left home in the morning in search of their daily bread but never returned alive. It is so sad that they were hacked to death in such manner.