“Chidubem left the house last week Sunday and never returned. We called his telephone number all through Monday, but he did not pick it. On Tuesday, his telephone number became unreachable and that was when we sensed danger."

Chinedu Ezeagu's elder brother, Timothy, said this while describing the circumstances surrounding his disappearance and eventual death.

The remains of the 20-year-old local footballer was found in a shallow grave in a bush.

The body was discovered one week after he was declared missing by his family.

The tragedy, which happened at Umuelele Irete, in the Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State, devastated residents and the deceased’s family members.

According to Timothy, the family declared him missing on Tuesday when attempts to find him failed.

“We reported a case of missing person at the Ogbaku Police Station. We equally reported it to the youth leader of the village. A search was conducted throughout the village.”

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Timothy said after days of intense search, the family got information that some non-indigenes buried a man, who was butchered by unknown persons, in a shallow grave in the community.

“It was in the cause of the search that one man told us that some Hausa buried a corpse in a shallow grave.

“He said a man had called the Hausa people to identify a corpse on the ground. When they couldn’t identify the body, they buried it in a shallow grave to avert breakout of an epidemic,” he added.

The brother said when the corpse was exhumed, it turned out to be Chidubem.

Timothy, who called on the police to unravel the circumstances surrounding the killing of his brother, lamented that the murder adversely affected his family.

The state Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike, said he had directed the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department to take over the case.

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