A total of nine corpses were exhumed in communities in the Uwheru kingdom, in the Ughelli North council area, in the state of Delta, after suspected attacks by pastors last Thursday and Friday.
The killers are said to have buried the bodies in shallow graves, three of which were discovered on Sunday night.
Security agencies demanded to see the bodies of the alleged killings in the renewed attacks on the five communities.
It was concluded that a team of security officers and community members discovered shallow graves on Monday while on the search for the bodies of victims allegedly killed by the said herdsmen.
The corpses were taken to the Ughelli Police Area Command in three trucks around 7:30 pm on Monday for records before being transferred to the morgue at Ughelli Central Hospital for an autopsy.
Professor Patrick Muoboghare, the Delta State Commissioner for Higher Education, who comes from the same area, confirmed the development.
He claimed that two more bodies are yet to be found.
“Six corpses were exhumed today under the supervision of soldiers and police. The six corpses are now being deposited at Ughelli’s morgue. Bloody images will follow later.
“The total number so far is nine, while the tenth is fighting for its life in the hospital. Two more bodies have yet to be found. The search continues on Tuesday, ”said the professor in a telephone conversation on Monday.
Meanwhile, the Delta State Police Command responded to the development.
Remember the statement signed by its public relations officer, DSP Onome Onowakpoyeya, on Sunday, claimed that only one person with gunshot wounds was discovered in the search for the allegedly murdered.
Speaking on the phone, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Hafiz Inuwa, told The Nation: “Yes, the corpses were exhumed by people in the community and took them to the police station. That’s the information I have. Now let’s find out how it all happened.
“Who buried them, who exhumed them, when they were buried, circumstances that led to death, by whom and who must have buried them without reporting the matter. We’re investigating because we can’t just see things like that and keep quiet. Many questions must be asked, ”said CP Inuwa.