Oyo CID probes landlord’s decomposing body in Awotan

John Aderemi Abiola

John Aderemi Abiola

By Suleiman Shehu

The Police Command in Oyo State said the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is handling the investigation of the decomposing body of a landlord found in his bedroom at Awotan, Apete area of Ibadan.

It would be recalled that the skeleton of the landlord later 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.

NAN gathered from the residents of the community said that the deceased was last seen four years ago.

It was also gathered that 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 resident of the deceased.

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.

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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 comprehensive investigation aimed at identifying the possible cause of the death.

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 identity of the deceased as Aderemi Abiola.

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

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

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

It would be recalled that 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 window of one of rooms was opened and they decided to peep into it, only to discover a totally decomposed body of the deceased.

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