Residents of No. 21 Onitolo Street, Surulere, Lagos State, were thrown into confusion recently following the discovery of the decomposing body of their co-tenant, Ijeoma Eminista, in her one-room apartment.
The PUNCH reports that the deceased’s corpse was discovered when other tenants became worried over her whereabouts when she was not seen for two days.
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.
According to The Punch, the deceased’s window was left open all the while, which made neighbours 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, 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.
“I saw her on the Tuesday before her disappearance 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.
“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.
“On Friday, August 16, 2019, around 2.18pm, one Gbolahan Adesanya, the landlord of No. 21 Onitolo Road, Surulere, reported that he 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.”
Nurses, one other arrested for stealing newborn baby abandoned in Katsina hospital
Three women have been arrested in Katsina State for allegedly stealing a newly born baby girl abandoned in a private hospital in the state.
WuzupNigeria gathered that the suspects included two nurses – 35 years old Misira Tijani and Grace Ejigu,43 – and the buyer, one Eucharia Onyema, 45.
The Police in the state said that one Shamsiya Sani, 25, of Dandagoro Quarters, in Katsina, the state capital, delivered the baby in a private hospital on 25 July 2020. She, however, abandoned the baby shortly after delivery, leaving behind a handwritten note which explained that she took the action because the baby was borne out of wedlock.
The two nurses – Tijani and Ejigu – picked up the baby and allegedly sold her to Onyema.
The three women were paraded at the headquarters of the Katsina police command on Monday evening.
The Command’s Spokesman, SP Gambo Isah, told newsmen during the suspects’ parade, that the bubble bust after the driver of a commercial tricyclist hired by the three women to convey them to their various houses from the hospital drove them to the Sabongarin police division after eavesdropping to their conversation.
SP Isah added,
“Nemesis caught up with them (the three women) when they were arrested on their way from the hospital to their houses with the child through the help of a Keke NAPEP rider who suspected them of stealing the child.”
The police spokesman said the baby was already receiving attention at the Social Welfare department of Ministry of Youths and Social Development.
The two nurses, in an interview with journalists, denied selling the baby, insisting they gave her to Eucharia Onyema on humanitarian grounds.
Tijani, who spoke on behalf of the duo, said,
“We took the step we took on humanitarian grounds. We never sold the baby. The only mistake we made was not informing the hospital management before taking the decision.”
Eucharia equally said she did not buy the baby, declaring that she collected her from the two nurses with a view to taking care of her since she has no child of her own.
“It’s true I am barren. I only collected the baby from the two nurses in order to be taking care of her.”
The police spokesman, however, said an investigation was ongoing on the incident.
37-year-old Beninoise takes Nigerian couple on ‘spiritual journey’, scams them N5m
In a bid to protect themselves and their children from untimely death, a Nigerian couple were reportedly entrapped by a 37-year-old Beninoise, Gbese Peter, and scammed to the tune of N5m.
Peter was alleged by the Ogun State Police Command to have defrauded Mr and Mrs Bamigboye of the sum on the pretext of helping them to overcome their spiritual problems and shielding their children from untimely death.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident in a statement on Monday.
Oyeyemi said the suspect was arrested after Mrs Bamigboye lodged a complaint at the Sabo Police Station, Abeokuta North LGA.
He said the complainant lamented that she and her husband met the suspect about five years ago.
The PPRO, in the statement, quoted Mrs Bamigboye to have said that the suspect started discussing with them about a serious spiritual calamity awaiting them and their children “if an urgent spiritual step is not taken.”
“Out of fear of the unknown, they agreed to embark on the said spiritual journey and he took them to the Republic of Benin, where he gave them a wooden coffin which he instructed them not to open until he asked them to do so.
“She stated further that the suspect started collecting money from them until they coughed out a total sum of N5m.
“When they realised that they had been swindled, the shock led to the death of her husband.
“Upon the report, the DPO of Sabo division, SP Nicholas Tamunoinom, detailed his detectives to go after the suspect and with the help of members of the public, they succeeded in arresting him on July 25, 2020.
“On interrogation, the suspect confessed to collecting money under false pretences from the couple, but he claimed that he only duped them of N3.5m and not N5m as claimed by the woman, and that he used the money to build a house for himself.”
Oyeyemi added that the command recovered from the suspect some items, including a wooden coffin containing a white cloth and other substances and a horn wrapped with a white cloth and beads.
The PPRO said the state Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, had ordered the transfer of the suspect to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for proper investigation and prosecution.
I duped my victims of N3.5m to build a house- Native doctor confesses
A suspected fake Beninoise native doctor, who was arrested by the Ogun State Police Command has claimed that he duped his victims to build a house.
The 37-year-old Benin Republic national, who was identified as Gbese Peter, said he collected N3.5million only, which he used to build a house for himself, contrary to the claim that he collected N5m.
Police said Peter was arrested for;
“defrauding a couple, Mr. and Mrs. Bamigboye Alao of the sum of N5million under the pretence of helping them to overcome their spiritual problems and shielding their children from untimely death.”
A statement by Ogun police spokesperson, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, Oyeyemi, on Monday, revealed that the suspect was arrested following a complaint lodged at Sabo police station by Mrs. Bamigboye.
Mrs. Bamigboye was said to have reported that she and her husband met the suspect about five years ago when he started discussing with them about a serious spiritual calamity awaiting them and their children if an urgent spiritual step was not taken.
“Out of fear of the unknown, the couple had agreed to embark on the said spiritual journey and he took them to the Republic of Benin where he gave them a wooden coffin, instructing them not to open it until he asked them to do so.
“She stated further that the suspect started collecting money from them, until they coughed out the total sum of N5million,” Oyeyemi narrated.
When they realized that they had been swindled, Mrs. Bamigboye reportedly said the shock led to her husband’s death.
“Upon the report, the DPO Sabo division, SP Nicholas Tamunoinom, detailed his detectives to go after the suspect and with the help of members of the public, they succeeded in arresting him on the 25th of July 2020.
“On interrogation, the suspect confessed collecting money under false pretence from the couple, but he claimed that he only duped them of N3.5million and not N5milion as claimed by the woman, and that he has used the money to build a house for himself,” the PPRO said.
A wooden coffin containing white cloth and other substance, horn wrapped with white cloth and beads were recovered from the suspects.
The State Commissioner of Police, CP Edward A. Ajogun has directed that the suspect be immediately transferred to the State CIID for proper investigation and diligent prosecution.
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