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Police begin investigation on decomposing body found in Ibadan

The skeleton of the landlord identified as Aderemi Abiola was discovered in his bedroom by some residents of Awotan community.

• September 10, 2022

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Oyo State police command has begun investigation on the discovery of a decomposing body of a landlord found in his bedroom at Awotan, Apete area of Ibadan.

The skeleton of the landlord identified as Aderemi Abiola was discovered in his bedroom by some residents of Awotan community after a long period of searching for him.

The decayed body of the deceased was found glued to his beddings lying upward.

Residents of the community say the deceased was last seen four years ago.

They further said the late Abiola used to come to Ibadan occasionally from Abuja and does not relate with the neighbours.

Commenting, the Police Public Relations Officer in Oyo State, SP Adewale Osifeso, said that the state Commissioner of Police, Adebowale William, has deployed a team of crime and forensic detectives to the residence of the deceased.

Mr Osifeso said that the Commissioner of Police has also directed the immediate transfer of the case to the command’s apex investigation body, the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), to ascertain the cause of his death.

He said that the scene of the incident had since been cordoned in the interest of public health and safety to enable the detective to carry out a comprehensive investigation aimed at identifying the possible cause of the death.

Mr Osifeso said that the command became aware of the incident when representatives from the Landlord Association of Idi-Orogbo, Adeosun, Life Forte Area, Awotan, Apete in Ibadan reported the case to the command.

He said that preliminary findings from residents of the community and the deceased driver’s licence found in his wallet revealed the identity of the deceased as Aderemi Abiola.

The police spokesman said that the investigation revealed that the deceased was last seen around 2018, four years ago, which was corroborated by his family members.

The Commissioner of Police called on well-meaning members of the public for assistance regarding the provision of useful information about the incident, Mr Osifeso said.

He said that case would be actively monitored, assuring the public that detailed updates would be provided accordingly.

The people of Awotan community became aware of the incident while clearing the bushy compound of the deceased, after seeking permission from the police to break into the house to clear it.

It was the labourers employed to clear the compound who noticed that the window of one of the rooms was opened and they decided to peep into it, only to discover a totally decomposed body of the deceased. 

(NAN)

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