Sabinus Ordu, a cousin of the governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, has been murdered in his home town, Ubima, in Ikwerre Local Government Area of the State.
The State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Ibim Semenitari, made this known in Port Harcourt on Friday.
Semenitari said the mutilated body of Mr. Ordu, the vice principal of the Community Secondary School, Aluu, also in the local government, was found on Monday night.
The commissioner said the deceased had gone to inspect his trap in the bush during which his assailant cut him with machete to death.
It could not be ascertained immediately if the killing was politically motivated.
“Late Mr. Sabinus Ordu, who is an uncle (actually a senior cousin because they share same grandfather) to Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, returned home in the afternoon from CSS, Aluu, where he is the vice principal and told the boy staying with him that he was going into the bush to check his traps,” Mrs. Semenitari said.
“He then mounted his motorcycle and left for the bush but did not return until it was night. At about 8.00p.m, the boy raised an alarm which attracted the villagers. A search party was sent to look for him.
“The search party on their way into the bush saw the victim’s motorcycle by the bush path, and went into the bush where they found his lifeless body, mutilated with several machete cuts.”
The commissioner said the matter has been reported to the Elele Police Division and that Mr. Ordu remains have been deposited in a private mortuary.
She said, “The matter has been reported to the Police at Elele while the body has been deposited at the morgue.”