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Badly Decomposed Body of Man Retrieved Days after Disappearance

The corpse being placed into BCC pick up truck for transportation to burial ground

The corpse being placed into BCC pick up truck for transportation to burial ground

Residents of Wakiki junction Ntamulung Bamenda were relieved from a foul stench that has been bothering them for two days, when the badly decomposed body of one Asangwe Cho, in his 70s was found and retrieved by elements of the Army Rescue Unit on Sunday April 26, 2015.

The man was last seen drinking with friends in the neighbourhood on Friday.  He lived alone in a one-room apartment in the boys-quarter of the late brother’s house. Residents of the area complained of a foul odour Saturday but suspected that it was from an animal carcass. When the odour grew strong, and flies started building a colony beneath his door, the neighbours suspected something was wrong and alerted the quarter youths early on Sunday morning.

The body was found face down in a dark tight lit room, badly decomposed. The state council for Mezam, the police and Army Rescue Unit were alerted but no post mortem examination could be carried because of the state of the body.

 The Bamenda City Council officials were called in after the Army Rescue Unit refused to retrieve the corpse saying it wasn’t part of their job description. It took the intervention of some media men for senior military officials in Douala to order the Army Rescue Unit Bamenda to the scene.

The body was finally retrieved after some hard work by the Army Rescue Unit before handing it over to the BCC Hygiene and Sanitation department for burial at the municipal cemetery at Ngongham.

The body was so decomposed that onlookers and close-by neigbours had to run to safety, a long way from the stench that almost engulfed the entire neighbourhood.

Mr. Samson Anye, quarter head of Ntamulung II said the late Asongwe was a loner who spent most of his time drinking sachet whiskey. He was said to have been looking very pale of recent.

Arrival of Army Rescue Unit Elements

Arrival of Army Rescue Unit Elements

onlookers running from the stench

onlookers running from the stench

Army Rescue elements worked to retrieve the badly decomposed remains

Army Rescue elements worked to retrieve the badly decomposed remains

By Abongwa Fozo