The corpse of a serving police Inspector was on Thursday recovered under a tree close to the Yelwa Makaranta bridge in the Bauchi metropolis.
When our correspondent arrived on the scene, several people were seen discussing the incident while some were taking pictures with their phones.
Northern City News observed that one of the legs of the deceased was amputated.
The decomposing body of the Inspector, whose name was given as only David, was taken away by the Nigerian Red Cross Society and the men of the Yelwa police division.
The Mai Angwa Ngas, Monday Waziri, informed newsmen on the scene of the incident that the deceased had, before his death, visited his elder brother who is his neighbour.
He said, “The corpse is that of a police Inspector who works in Abuja. He was hospitalised in Gombe and came to visit his elder brother who is my neighbour in Ngwan Ngas after he was discharged, when the unfortunate incident occurred.
“I was in the hospital with my son when my wife called to tell me that the decomposing body of my neighbour’s brother was seen close to the Yelwa Lebra Bridge, and immediately, I rushed here.”
Waziri, who gave the name of the deceased simply as Inspector David, added that “he was still serving with the police when he fell sick and was hospitalised, and I suspect strongly that he may have been amputated in the hospital.”
The Police Public Relations Officer, Kamal Datti, confirmed the incident, adding that a good Samaritan called to inform the command about the corpse.
“Today, Thursday, 12th October, 2017, at about 13:00hrs, we received a report from a good Samaritan that a corpse was found lying some few metres off the Yelwa highway.
“Our men from the Yelwa Division immediately rushed to the scene and took the corpse to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi for autopsy,” he said.
The police spokesman said the identity of the deceased had yet to be ascertained but investigations had begun.
Contrary to reports that the deceased committed suicide, the PPRO said, “I don’t think it is true because there is no sign of violence on his body, however, only the result of the autopsy will reveal the actual cause of his death.”