[From INI BILLIE, Uyo]
Chairman of mini bus motorpark in Abak local government area of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Samuel Bassey, has been killed by suspected cultists.
The deceased popularly known as ‘Satoo’ was found dead along a village stream where he went to bathe.
It was learnt that the deceased was accompanied to the village stream to take a bath by one of his close friends after playing football at the Obio Akpa primary school field on Sunday morning.
It was gathered that the deceased never returned from the stream as his naked body inflicted with bruises was later discovered by the water side.
Our correspondent gathered that a phone call from an unknown person alerted the family of the decease’s death, as the caller informed Bassey’s wife that her husband’s body was laying down near the stream.
It was also learnt that the friend of the deceased who accompanied him to the stream was no where to be found.
An eyewitness who pleaded anonymity told our correspondent that on receipt of the phone call, a search party was conducted and the corpse of the dead man was found by the village stream.
He said the bruises all over the body of the deceased indicated that Bassey may have struggled with his assailant(s) until he was overpowered.
He stated that the family of Bassey was surprised that the friend who accompanied him to the stream never returned to the family to inform relatives of how he died.
“Friends and close relatives gathered immediately and mobilized a search team to the village stream where the body was found dead, but with wounds all over the body showing that he was beaten until he died.
“The family is shocked that the friend never came back to the family to tell us what happened that took the life of his friend,” he stated.
Reacting to the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Odiko Macdon said the command was yet to receive such a report and promised to contact the Divisional Police Officer in Abak council area to brief him on the incident.
“I have not received such report from Abak Out Station. I would find out from the DPO of the area and give you more details,” he said.