The State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Ibim Semenitari, who confirmed the incident to Premium Times in Port Harcourt on Friday, said Mr. Ordu was Amaechi’s uncle. However, he is a senior cousin because they share same grandfather.
According to Mrs. Semenitari, 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.
On September 8, 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 (senior cousin) 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.”
“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,” Mrs. Semenitari said.
Mrs. Semenitari added that on the way into the bush the search party 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.“The matter has been reported to the Police at Elele while the body has been deposited at the morgue.”
“It is worrisome because Ordu was a peace loving man, a school principal and the entire Amaechi’s family has been thrown into deep mourning,’’ she said.