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Great shock in Oyo community as landlord’s decomposed body discovered in his room after 4 years

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Mr John Aderemi Abiola’s decomposed physique 

The Adeosun/Idi Orogbo Group in Ido Native Authorities Space of Oyo State was thrown into shock on Sunday after they discovered of one among their landlords, Mr John Aderemi Abiola, in his room, nearly 4 years after he was final seen in December 2018. 

The invention was made after the neighborhood determined, with the approval of the police authorities, to enter his compound to clear the bush in his compound which had overgrown his fence into the subsequent home, inflicting invasion by reptiles. 

As 2019 crept into 2020, the residents began questioning the place the person may very well be. Although he advised about two of these he used to speak with of his intention to go to Port Harcourt, Rivers State, and be again for Ileya ceremony in 2018, not seeing him for the festivity and thereafter made them to suppose he was staying again the place he initially got here from. 

Calls to his cellphone strains weren’t going by way of different. After it was seen that the weeds in his compound had grown bushy, the neighborhood landlords have been mentioned to have determined in a gathering to discover a technique of gaining access to the premises to clear the bush. 

Nonetheless, they have been mentioned to have jettisoned the concept due to the implication within the regulation. 

From then to 2021, until 2022 is attending to the tip, the residents of the neighborhood who didn’t know his whereabouts determined once more to go and clear the bush. 

Nigerian Tribune learnt the transfer was made once more when the proprietor of the piece of land beside Mr Abiola’s home moved in about two years in the past after completion of the development. 

However the invasion of his residence by snakes crawling in from the subsequent compound acquired him apprehensive in regards to the security of his relations. 

This was mentioned to have made the neighborhood to method Apete police station once more, the place they got the nod to do the mandatory. 

So, on Sunday, the neighborhood determined to rent labourers to clear the bush. The home was constructed on the bottom of the piece of land whereas the entrance aspect had a thick bush that would not be accessed. 

Mr John Aderemi Abiola

Because the labourers acquired there with some landlords and began the work, they first seen Mr Abiola’s Volkswagen Golf automobile with registration quantity AKD 769 DC which had been lined by the bush earlier than the clearing. 

Because the constructing got here in view, it was seen that the window of Mr Abiola’s room was open, which prompted curiosity. 

One of many landlords, Mr Mohammed Ademola, who additionally labored for and used to work together with Mr Abiola, determined to verify what was within the room. 

He was nonetheless shocked when he noticed the skeleton on the mattress of the home proprietor. Mr Ademola raised the alarm which made others to race to the window. 

They have been all shocked and the information shortly unfold. It was learnt that the Divisional Police Officer in control of Apete, SP Grace Akinsehinwa, was promptly knowledgeable, which made her to ship detectives to the scene for investigation and motion. 

On Wednesday, whereas Nigerian Tribune was on the scene to analyze the incident, police detectives, in addition to officers of Nigeria Safety and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the Ministry of Surroundings arrived, in all probability with a plan to evacuate the stays. 

Nonetheless, it has been troublesome getting the contacts of deceased’s relations as they have been unknown to the neighborhood members. 

It was then determined that extra efforts must be made to hint his relations earlier than the evacuation in order that they’d not really feel overlooked. 

Nigerian Tribune noticed a bottle of Astymin, packets of Bicarbonate of soda, vitamin C, Coartem (an antimalaria) and natural tea lined with mud in his room. 

It was evident from his cranium and uncovered enamel that he was gaptoothed in entrance. Additionally, his boxers might nonetheless be seen round his waist whereas the highest he will need to have worn had been eaten by his rotten flesh. 

Solely a tiny piece remained by his aspect. Additionally discovered along with his telephones was his laptop computer. 

His plasma TV was nonetheless hanging on the wall and his wardrobe nonetheless had his clothes and different gadgets. Mr Abiola, whose date of delivery was found to be October 1, 1955, reportedly moved into the home in July 2017, however was not in shut relationship with different residents besides formal greetings every time their paths crossed. 

Referred to as an engineer who was primarily based in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, along with his household earlier than transferring to Ibadan, he was mentioned to have lived in a few areas inside the metropolis earlier than establishing the home in Adeosun Group. 

He was additionally recognized for his frequent travels to Port Harcourt to do his engineering work every time the necessity arose. 

The central chairman of Adeosun/Idi Orogbo Landlords’ Affiliation, Mr Oluwafemi Omilana, who spoke with the Nigerian Tribune, mentioned that late Mr Abiola at all times paid his dues. 

“However we seen that he didn’t affiliate with others and he got here to landlords’ assembly simply as soon as. His home has a excessive fence and was constructed on the again with large area in entrance to the gate. 

“We began noticing his absence locally, though he didn’t largely keep at house. He used to journey to Port Harcourt in Rivers State. He was an engineer. His compound had turn into so bushy that snakes have been simply being seen crawling from there into the home beside him. At a degree, we had a gathering and determined to go over the fence to clear the bush.

“On Sunday, we got here there with the proprietor of the home beside him, paid some labourers to clear the bush. Once they cleared the entrance of his constructing inside the compound and will see the home clearly, they noticed that the window was open. They peeped in and noticed that the person had died a very long time in the past, with solely his skeleton on his mattress. 

“Instantly, I referred to as the Divisional Police, Apete Division. Once we acquired to the doorway to his house, we found that it was locked from the within. We compelled it open and noticed his skeleton on his mattress, along with his three telephones. One was by his left hand, one was in the back of his head and linked to the wall socket and the third one by his proper aspect. The police have tried to supply for his contacts in order that we will attain his household however the cellphone strains had turn into invalid. There was a cellphone quantity we discovered on one among his id playing cards and I referred to as it, however the particular person referred to as and people with him have been simply laughing. It appeared they discovered the enquiries we have been making unusual. Now we have the sensation that the quantity has been re-allocated to a different particular person. 

“Now we have not been capable of hint any member of his household. We additionally made efforts to get wanted data from those that labored for him as bricklayer, welder, mechanic, however they advised us that Mr Abiola was not the sort to reveal his household data to anybody. He was alone. We learnt that he and his spouse had a disagreement in Port Harcourt and separated. That was why he determined to maneuver into the home he constructed at Adeosun with out letting anybody know the place he was.” 

Mr Omilana mentioned that the skeleton had not been eliminated as a result of the neighborhood doesn’t wish to threat something. 

“The environmental officers have been with us however they mentioned that we must always do it however get approval from the atmosphere authorities. Now, we wish to attempt to hint the household as a lot as we will. Mr Abiola had as soon as advised a type of who labored with him that his mom was residing at Agugu. We wish to go there and hint the world to get his household. If that’s not profitable, we are going to get the approval from the Ministry of Surroundings and do the mandatory,” he additional mentioned. 

The secretary of the landlords’ affiliation, Pastor Olusola Bobade, in his contribution mentioned that the deceased moved to his home in July 2017. 

“He was coming from Port Harcourt then to assemble the constructing. We initially exempted him from paying improvement price however he began paying in January 2018 and was constant. In October similar 12 months, he paid upfront for the remainder of the 12 months. The way in which I perceived him was that he was quiet and didn’t prefer to relate. He paid all neighborhood dues however used to not attend conferences. Once we didn’t see him, we have been calling his line nevertheless it was not going by way of,” the secretary acknowledged. 

A furnishings maker, Mr Mohammed Ademola, who additionally lives in Adeosun and helped the deceased to do some furnishings works, together with doorways and wardrobe, advised Nigerian Tribune: “It was in 2018 I did all of the work for him. Even, I used to be the one who did the carpentry work on the constructing he began establishing beside the principle one for tenants that may be house every time he would wish to journey and in addition be his companions. 

“Shortly earlier than Ileya celebration that 12 months, he mentioned he wished to journey to Port Harcourt and wouldn’t spend greater than two weeks. He mentioned that he can be again to rejoice Ileya in Ibadan. We have been anticipating his return however the day after Ileya, my good friend, a plank vendor who provided him those used for the constructing he was establishing, seen that we didn’t see Mr Abiola. His gate has a key that may not reveal if he was in or out, so we didn’t know if he was again or not. We have been pondering that he was additional engaged in his work or acquired sick in Port Harcourt. And none of his relations knew the place he was residing. He had mentioned he would allow them to know later. 

“After some time, the chairman of our landlords’ affiliation went to the police station however was advised to carry on and nonetheless look ahead to his return in order that it could not result in litigation on trespassing. 

“It occurred that the proprietor of the land beside his personal moved in. Snakes have been creeping into his home from Mr Abiola’s bushy aspect, so he notified the neighborhood and we determined to clear the bush. The gate was damaged on Sunday and we noticed that it was locked from inside. 

“That was what raised concern in me that he will need to have been inside after we thought he was nonetheless away. After clearing the bush in entrance, I seen that the window of his room was open however the curtain drawn. I prayed silently that the scenario wouldn’t be unfavourable. I collected a cutlass from one of many labourers and used it to chop off a part of his window web. As I peeped in, I used to be shocked once I beheld his skeleton strewn on his mattress. I shortly referred to as others exterior to inform them. That was how the information unfold.” 

Mr Ademola additionally confirmed that the deceased was not recognized with any of his relations. 

“The little I acquired from him was as a result of I used to be performing some jobs for him. He advised me his village was at Lalupon space and his mom was in Agugu the place he used to go to provide her cash each month. He was an Ibadan indigene. He additionally advised me his household has a farm however he refused to be energetic in it in order that he wouldn’t be seen as desirous to get one thing from it. He was simply telling me that we might know his folks very quickly. I by no means thought that we might probably know his household this manner. 

“He advised me two of his youngsters are in the US of America. He as soon as referred to as one of many youngsters, a feminine, in my presence and so they spoke for a very long time whereas I saved working. So he had folks however we don’t know them. He advised me he had a storey constructing with 4 flats in Port Harcourt the place his spouse was staying. 

“He additionally advised me he had hypertension and used to taking his medicine. Even whereas working, he would depart the place mud was raised or smoke was coming, saying that at his age, he wouldn’t prefer to breathe such in as his well being couldn’t sustained such. So, he used to care for his well being.” Mr Kazeem Raji, one other man that had interplay with the late engineer when he was alive, burst into tears when he was about to talk. 

After gaining composure, he mentioned: “I used to deal with the deceased as Brother Biola. I knew him over 20 years in the past. I helped him when he was establishing his home at Adeosun. I knew him by way of the grasp that I did apprenticeship with. He and his good friend then, whom I addressed as Brother Bunmi, used to go to Cotonou, Republic of Benin collectively. At a time, we didn’t see him once more. I noticed him once more about 15 years after. Even, I used to be the one who helped him to buy his Golf automobile. 

“He used to journey loads and would typically drop one among his telephones, at house. The final time he travelled and didn’t see him, I assumed he was nonetheless away. He had obtained visa to journey to the USA and he knowledgeable me about It, so I assumed he had travelled out of Nigeria. That was my perception till this surprising discovery.” 

He mentioned his spouse is an Igbo by tribe however that they’d separated; it’s troublesome to hint his household.

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