A young graduate who was preparing to go for his youth service has been abducted and murdered by unknown men.
Igali, a graduate of Geography and Environmental Management of the Niger Delta University, who was said to be a Batch A, Stream 2, awaiting corps member, had left Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, on Thursday, May 19, to collect his result at his school when he was reported missing by his family, only for his corpse to be found in Lagos, with all his details on Facebook and other social media accounts wiped off.
The body of the young man was found by a policeman attached to the Ojodu-Abiodun Division, Ogun State, by a roadside in Berger area of Lagos. The officer was said to have used the phone found on the corpse to call a family member to disclose of the strange discovery.
The deceased was found foaming in the mouth and nose, which made the family members conclude he must have been murdered.
An aunt of the late graduate, notified that his Facebook updates had been wiped off, adding that the circumstances surrounding the death were still shrouded in mystery.
“Last Thursday, he left Bayelsa and said he wanted to get his result from the Niger Delta University. He spoke with the family members on Friday and we all believed he actually went to the school.
We did not call him on Saturday and Sunday. I called him on Monday, but he didn’t pick his calls. Three hours later, a policeman called me and said he was involved in an accident.
When his uncle in Lagos got to the station, he was told that his corpse was found by the roadside in Berger.
The police are investigating the incident and we are also trying to investigate. We went to all the parks in Yenagoa to ascertain whether he travelled to Delta State last Thursday or not. But the drivers said they did not see him. We checked their manifests; his name was not there.
We suspect that he was abducted and murdered because he could not have travelled to Lagos. Everything on his Facebook page has been deleted. I suspect something on his time line was incriminating enough to make the alleged killer delete everything. His Whatsapp was last active on Friday.
He was a boisterous young man and was very excited to go for the youth service. He was posted to Benue State and was supposed to go to camp on Saturday. The NYSC, however, postponed camping indefinitely. My heart is heavy,” the aunt said.
The late Igali's father, Bolouikie Igali, described his son as a decent man, saying he would not have involved in any disagreement with anybody.
“I don’t know what really happened. I am terribly devastated and so is his mother. It has to be investigated because I think he was killed,” he added.
His uncle who is a policeman in Lagos, the corpse had been deposited at the Lagos Mainland morgue for autopsy.
“The policemen at the station said it was passersby that told them about the corpse. I went to the mortuary and searched for his body; I didn’t see anything strange and there was no mark.
I saw foams coming out from his mouth and nose and his body had become stiff. That is to show that he was killed on Sunday.”