Female Tenant’s Decomposing Body Found In Lagos Apartment

The recent discovery of the decomposing body of a tenant, Ijeoma
Eminista, in her one-room apartment at No. 21 Onitolo Street, Surulere,
Lagos State, threw other residents of the house into confusion.

PUNCH
Metro learnt that the deceased’s corpse was discovered when other
tenants became worried as to her whereabouts having not seen her for two
days.

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The neighbours said Eminista usually went out early in the
morning and returned late at night, so it was not unusual that she was
not seen initially.

Our correspondent learnt that the deceased’s
window was left open all the while, which made neighbours to assume that
she was around and out of curiosity, they peeped through the window and
saw her lying on her bed.

She was said to be unresponsive to
several calls and this prompted her fellow tenants to inform the
landlord, who after confirming the discovery, reported to the police.

During
a visit to the house by PUNCH Metro, a resident, who simply identified
herself as Kafayat, said neighbours sensed that something strange had
happened when no one could confirm seeing Eminista leaving the house.

Kafayat
stated, “I saw her on the Tuesday before her disapperance when she came
out to fetch water, and when she was done, she swept her room and
washed the toilet. So, when other neighbours asked after her, I said she
was in her room.

“I even slept in front of her room, but I
became uncomfortable when I started feeling weak; my relative, who also
slept beside me, started shivering and vomiting, so we sensed that
something strange had happened.

“We started asking if anyone saw
her stepped out of her room for two days, but no one saw her. Even the
neighbour, who usually goes to the mosque to pray early in the morning,
said he did not see her.

“Her window was left opened, which made
us to conclude that she did not travel, and when we peeped through her
window, we saw her lying on the bed. When we called her, she didn’t
respond, so we immediately informed our landlord.”

Another
resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the landlord, who
visited the house to confirm the incident, informed the police, who
mobilised personnel to evacuate the corpse.

He said, “The
landlord came on the third day and when he could not enter the room, he
also peeped through her window and saw her lying on the bed. The
landlord went to report the incident at the police station. So, the
operatives came, forced open the door and took the corpse away;
afterwards, her room was sealed off.

“Eminista stayed alone and
hardly associated with anyone. She used to leave the house early and
come back late. She was always going to church; at a point, she didn’t
come home for a long period and when she returned, she was very lean.
But because she hardly related with other tenants, no one could ask her
what happened.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala
Elkana, said police personnel forced the door open to evacuate the
decomposing corpse, which was deposited in the Mainland Hospital, Yaba,
adding that efforts were ongoing to locate the deceased’s family.

Elkana
stated, “On Friday, August 16, 2019, around 2.18pm, one Gbolahan
Adesanya, the landlord of No. 21 Onitolo Road, Surulere, reported that
received got a phone call around 11am that his tenant, Ijeoma Eminista,
had locked herself inside her room for two days.

“Detectives, who
were mobilised to the scene of the incident, peeped through the window
and found her lifeless body on the bed. The door was forced open and the
corpse, which had started decomposing, was evacuated and deposited in
the mortuary of the Mainland Hospital, Yaba. Efforts are on to locate
her family.”

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