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Police find woman, son's corpses in apartment

Neighbours claim they had not seen the occupants of the apartment since 2010

Police officers attached to the Homicide Department at Panti, Yaba, Lagos have discovered two decomposing corpses in an apartment.

The corpses were found in a three-bedroom apartment at 18, Aina Road Agiliti Mile 12 area of the state last weekend.

The police officers, with a team of pathologists from the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) Ikeja, made the shocking discovery, following reports from the real estate agent in charge of the house that neighbours had not seen the occupants of the apartment since 2010.

The decomposed corpses were later identified as a  woman known as Emma Johnson and her 27-year-old son Papa Johnson.

Five persons, including neighbours, have been arrested in connection with the incident.

Daily Times gathered that the woman's corpse was found laying face up on a dusty sofa with a cross in her left hand. She was easily identified as the hair on her head had not all decomposed.

The son’s remains however were skeletons found at the extreme of the room close to where a stainless pot of palm oil inside was placed on a rusty stove.

The room also had cooking utensils, rotten tubers of yam and clothes scattered all over the floor, with dust and cobwebs all over the place.

A dusty photo album of the woman and her family was also seen on the wall adjacent were her decomposed corpse was.

It was gathered that the team of pathologists  led by professor John Fafunwa were shocked at the sight of the decomposed corpses which they, with the assistance of the police, recovered for autopsy.

The deceased persons had occupied a three-bedroom flat in the six block of flats since 2006 with other neighbours.

The real estate agent in charge of the house told police officers that the last time he saw the woman was in 2010 when he came to issue her a notice to remind her that her rent was due.

The landlord, who was identified as one Yemidale Kayoden is said to be outside the country.

Meanwhile, the police have arrested the agent and the four other occupants of the other blocks of flats to get their side of the case which is presumed to be a murder case.

“How can they say  they do not know anything about these corpses? These are people they have not seen since 2010 and they did not bother to find out. Also what about the offensive smell that would have emanated from the decomposed bodies? There are lot of questions that need answers and we will get to the root of the mysterious deaths,” a police officer who requested anonymity said.

It was gathered that the agent was the first person to see the corpses, after he got a court order to forcefully evict the tenant.