A skeleton believed to be that of a man – John Aderemi Abiola – of Adeosun/Idi Orogbo community in Apete area of Ido Local Government of Oyo State has been discovered four years after he disappeared.
The skeleton was found on the bed in his bedroom.
Abiola, who had been missing since Dec. 2018, was an engineer and was formally based in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, with his family before moving to Ibadan, sources say.
He was said to have lived in many areas in and around the Oyo State capital before building and moving into his own house in Adeosun community.
Abiola reportedly told friends he was traveling to Port Harcourt but would be back for the Eid-el-Kabir ceremony of 2018. Thereafter he was never heard from again, making family and friends assume he had stayed back in the Rivers State capital since he was originally based there.
But when the compound was covered in thick bush and reptiles from therein crawled over to his neighbors’ homes, landlords in the community approached the police for permission to enter the compound with a view to cleaning it.
When the bush was being cleared, Abiola’s Volkswagen Golf car with registration number AKD 769 DC and covered by the bush was seen, prompting Mohammed Ademola, who had worked for Abiola in the past, to go looking inside the engineer’s bedroom the door of which was ajar.
Ademola said Abiola’s remains were found on the bed, causing him to raise an alarm that attracted other residents.
Abiola’s underpants were seen around his waist while the shirt he wore had been eaten by his rotten flesh, Ademola added.
He said Abiola’s phones, a laptop and a television set were among other items found in the room.
The matter was reported to the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Apete, Grace Akinsehinwa, who sent detectives to the scene to investigate.
The chairman of Adeosun/Idi Orogbo Landlords’ Association, Oluwafemi Omilana, also confirmed the incident, adding that the skeleton had not been removed because the community did not want to violate the law.
The Oyo State police command’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has taken over the investigation of the case.