LAGOS, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) – A young lady identified as Dorcas Shangev, who reportedly went missing in Makurdi, Benue State, on her birthday, has been found dead, with her body parts severed.
It was gathered that the lady, in her 30s, who resided at Owner Occupier Area of Makurdi, had gone out to hang out with friends to celebrate her birthday on 16 July and did not return home.
According to reports, several calls made to her phone by friends and relations in search of her were not answered until the following day, 17 July, when a friend got a strange message from her phone.
The friend, who pleaded anonymity, told journalists that Miss Shangev, On Friday, 14 July, escorted a friend of hers to the burial of her brother-in-law. After the burial, they both returned to Makurdi on 15 July.
“When they returned, she didn’t go back home but slept at her friend’s house around the Modern Market area. The next day, Sunday, 16 July, was her birthday; she left her friend’s house with a promise to call her friend by 3 pm, so they could hang out.
“However, when she didn’t call back as arranged, her friend called to find out why she hadn’t called, but she didn’t pick her calls. Her friend kept calling the whole of Sunday and continued till Monday, 17 July, but she still didn’t pick the phone.
“On Monday, her friend got a message that was sent from the lady’s (deceased) phone, but later on realised that she may not have been the one that actually sent the message, asking her to come to a certain address and when her friend got to the place, she discovered that she was dead and dismembered and some of her body parts strewn all over the place.”
According to a source, who narrated further, the deceased’s friend, who was taken aback by the sight of the dead body, immediately called her husband to the scene, and the husband, in turn, called the Police.
He said on thorough observation of the body, “it was discovered that her eyes, ears, tongue, breasts, among other body parts, were removed and taken away by whoever may have perpetrated the act.
“When the Police saw that the corpse had started to decompose, they called in one of the state agencies, which came, gathered the body parts into a plastic bag, took and buried her.
“This lady (the deceased) has been through a lot in recent times. She had gone through one trauma or another. And recently, she lost her elder sister,” the source lamented.
It was further learnt that when the Police discovered her corpse, they contacted the Benue State Environmental Sanitation Agency (BENSESA) to evacuate it for burial.
Upon contact, the State’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Catherine Anene, indicated that she was unavailable at the moment and would get back with details.
Acting General Manager, Benue State Environmental Authority (BENSESA), Mr Martin Tseuma, confirmed the incident stating that the body was evacuated on Wednesday at about 4 pm after receiving reports from the Police.
Tseuma, who noted that the corpse had not decomposed at the time they evacuated it, said they did not know the identity of the lady and could not contact the family before the burial.
“We didn’t recover the body. The police at B division wrote to us that they had discovered an unknown corpse at Adem village, near Welfare Quarters.
“It was based on the report that they said we should evacuate the body for burial, and that was what we did. We didn’t contact anyone because we don’t know the family of the deceased.
“But the family came to my office this morning, Monday, July 24, and I directed them to go back to the police, where they got the story of the unclaimed corpse. We were working based on the report from the police,” the GM said.