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Man found dead in a pool of stagnant water in Asaba (Graphics photo)

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A corpse of a middle-aged man on Thursday evening was found in the pool of stagnant water within the open drains in the premises of the Delta State Broadcasting Service (DBS), Asaba.

An eyewitness said there were bruises on the dead body while his tongue stuck out as at when it was being evacuated, speculating that he must have been murdered elsewhere and brought to the spot.

The source added that the supposed murderers may have taken advantage of the porous security nature of the town as well as the open drains filled with stagnant water and other debris to dump the corpse.

But another eyewitness contended that the corpse may have floated from another area within the vicinity into the yet to be covered drains within the broadcast station.

“The water here maybe stagnant but there is nothing inhibiting the flow of water from the connecting culvert across the road. So the corpse may have floated to the spot where it was discovered,” he argued.

A staff of the station told Saturday PUNCH that they were shocked when someone raised the alarm about the presence of the bloated corpse.

The staff who pleaded anonymity said they made efforts to turn the corpse which was lying face down in an attempt to see his face but were unsuccessful as the stick they were using broke apparently as a result of the weight of the dead body.

According to the source, the management and staff swiftly called the attention of the police who acted immediately to evacuate the remains.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Onome Onovughayeya who confirmed the incident, said that the corpse had been evacuated saying further steps were being taken to unravel the cause of death.

Meanwhile, the wide open drains that litter across Asaba purportedly contracted by the state government are now death traps and dump sites for refuse, as no fewer than eight persons had allegedly died in the open drains.

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