By Segun Odeleye
An uncle of Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, Sabinus Ordu, has been murdered by unknown persons at his farm in Ubima, Ikwerre local government area of the state. The murder occurred on Monday 8 September.
Until his death, the deceased was the Vice Principal of Community Secondary School, CSS, Aluu in Ikwerre.
His death was announced by the Rivers commissioner of information, Ibim Semenitari. She said that the late Ordu and Amaechi are of the same grandparent, although the governor regards him as his uncle.
Narrating the incident she said when Ordu returned from work he had his lunch and then left the house on his motorbike to check his traps at his farm in Ubima but did not return home.
At about 8:00 p.m. a search party set out to find him. They however found his body dismembered beside a bush path.
The matter has been reported to police.
On whether the family or government read political motive to the gruesome muurder, Mrs Semenitari said: “The man is the Vice Principal of a school and a quiet civil servant. He is not a card carrying member of APC and he is not a contractor. Naturally, as a governor’s relation he may be sympathetic to the governor’s political beliefs but nothing more.
“But we are hesitant to think that the gruesome murder is politically motivated. All fingers point to that fact but we need to be cautious. This to us is ominous, especially now that the elections are around the corner,” she said.
“The governor has refused to comment on the murder because the victim is his relation,” Semenatiri said.
She however said that “the government enjoins the police to unravel the killers and they should they should be brought to book. This should not be one such killings that will join the league of unresolved murders and other heinous crimes in the country.”