Edo State: Missing body of dead INEC staff found after weeks of search


by Isi Esene

The missing body of the INEC staff who was involved in a boat mishap while on the way to performing his official duties during last  month’s Edo Sate gubernatorial elections have been found. His body was found after intense search conducted to locate it.

The man, identified as Mr. Ekhator Iziegbe, was an INEC ad-hoc staff who died along with three policemen when the boat they were travelling in capsized on the Ologbo River.

Mrs. Sule Imondu, the INEC Public Relations Officer, said Iziegbe’s body was found in Kolokolo village in Edo State.

She also revealed that his body, due to its prolonged exposure to the elements have largely decomposed and therefore could not be taken to his village for burial, hence his burial in the location where he was found.

Imondu said, “The family of the deceased just called me to inform the commission that his body has been found in Kolokolo village.

“The family said that the body has decomposed and cannot be taken to the village, hence he has been buried in Kolokolo.”

According to the Vanguard Newspapers, Mr. Anthony Airohuoyo, the Edo Police Public Relations Officer, also confirmed the recovery of Iziegbe’s body at Kolokolo village.

Iziegbe died while on his way to distribute INEC materials during the July 14 elections contested by Governor Adams Oshiomhole and Charles Airhavbere. He was until his death a student of the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State.

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