The corpse of Senator Offia Nwali, has been retrieved from a pond behind his house in Ebonyi State. ASP George Okafor, the Command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), made the confirmation to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abakaliki on Tuesday.
He said the corpse of the Second Republic Senator was found in a pond at the back of his building in his hometown of Ameka, Ezza South Local Government Area, at the weekend.
“We cannot establish whether he drowned inside the pond or whether he was killed but investigations have commenced to unravel the mystery behind his death.
“We have not made any arrest so far but we assure the citizens of the state that we would ensure that the matter is investigated to its logical conclusion”.
Meanwhile, Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi has described the death of 74-year-old Nwali as a ‘monumental loss’ to the state and nation.
Umahi, who commiserated with Nwali’s family during a condolence visit on Tuesday, described him as a great scientist and patriotic Nigerian. “His death is shocking to all citizens of the state as his life which was full of mysteries, embodied truth and commitment to the state’s cause,” he said.
Nwali was one of the first Africans to obtain a doctorate degree in Computer and Analytical Studies from Harvard University, U.S. His return to Nigeria in 1972 was facilitated by a former Inspector General of Police, Muhammadu Yusuf, as he was appointed Chairman of the School Board by the then East Central State Government. He represented Abakaliki Senatorial District at the National Assembly from 1979 to 1983 and was the first individual to submit a written request for the creation of Ebonyi on Oct. 10, 1979. Nwali lost his entire family in a Forker 28-plane crash at the Enugu Airport in 1983 but later remarried.
On Monday, the police confirmed the retrieval of the corpses of two pupils of Federal Government College, Okposi in Ohaoazara Local Government Area , from a stream in the area.