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Tochukwu Eneh, one of the murdered schoolboys

Bodies of two kidnapped schoolboys in Ebonyi State found

• How They Were Recovered From A Local River

The partly decomposing dead bodies of the two Junior Secondary School III students of the Federal Government College (FGC), Okposi, in Ohaozara LGA of Ebonyi State, who were abducted on Thursday, May 12 2016, have been discovered. The bodies of Tochukwu Ene, aged 16 years, and Chukwuemeka Ugwu, also a teenager, were found floating in a local river on Sunday, May 22 2016, ten days after they were abducted, held up by some bamboo stems which had fallen into the river.

Following the gruesome discovery, several people have been arrested by the police in connection with the incident, including some members of staff of FGC, Okposi.

We are reliably informed that the traditional ruler of the community has also been picked up by the police, and is being quizzed at the Ebonyi State Police Command headquarters, Abakaliki.

It will be recalled that Tochukwu and Chukwuemeka were abducted by a group of yet-to-be-identified people, suspected to be locals, on Thursday, May 12th, 2016. It is also on record that no attempt was made by the suspected kidnappers to reach the boys’ parents, either with a ransom request or with any other request.

It was shock, grief, and revulsion for family and friends at the cold-blooded killings of the schoolboys, who finished their examinations on the very day they were kidnapped.

The boys were laid to rest on Tuesday, May 24th 2016, at their respective hometowns, Obioma and Nsude, both in Udi LGA of Enugu State, following autopsies carried out by police pathologists to determine the probable causes and times of death.

Though speculation is rife at this stage, unconfirmed reports suggest that some locals, including yet-unnamed staff of the FGC, Okposi, were allegedly involved in the killings. They were said to have resented the stoppage of some funds that were allegedly being paid to the ‘youths’ by the former principal. The funds, it was learnt, dried up when a new principal came on board and refused to continue with the dodgy payments.

This may then have prompted the snatching of the schoolboys, to get the school to toe the line and resume stopped payments. This much was deduced from the tracing of the phone records of one of the staff for the past three weeks. In one conversation, the staff reportedly threatened to do something dreadful if things continued in the same way.

But, why kill the youngsters? Well, and this is all conjecture as well, it may be that the hoodlums believed that the boys could recognise their faces in future if they were released, which reinforces the suggestion that the killings may have been carried out by locals.

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