Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state on Saturday vowed to arrest and prosecute anyone found at the Port Harcourt cemetery where the remains of one of his loyalists, Princewill Odiari, was buried.
The late Odiari, Chairman of Asari Toru Local Government Area (LGA), died on Wednesday from what sources said was due to COVID-19 complications.
A statement by Paulinus Nsirim, the Commissioner for Information, made available to the press, said reports that the corpse has been exhumed is untrue.
“The Rivers State Government wish to state that the rumour making the rounds that the body of the late Chairman of Asari-Toru Local Government Area, Odiari Princewill has been exhumed from the Port Harcourt cemetery is baseless and untrue.”
The grave where the deceased was interred is still intact as no one has tampered with it.
Government hereby warns families, friends and relations who may want to desecrate the grave of the deceased that the full weight of the law will be visited on them.
Security agencies have therefore been placed on red alert to ensure that only authorized persons come near the cemetery.
Any unauthorized person found around the cemetery will be arrested and prosecuted.