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Tenant dies in Lagos apartment, landlord alerts police

The remains of a tenant, Caleb Chiemele, have been recovered from a short-let apartment on the LSDPC Estate, off Freedom Way, in the Lekki Phase 1 area of Lagos State.

It was gathered on Monday that Chiemele, who had been staying in the apartment since May 12, did not come out of his apartment on June 12 and out of curiosity, some concerned persons, including the owner of the apartment, Adewole Olufemi, in an attempt to ascertain his condition, peeped through his window but met the tenant lying motionless on the floor of the apartment.

Upon realising that Chiemele was irresponsive, policemen attached to the Maroko Division were alerted and officers detailed to investigate the case, mobilised to the apartment, forced the door open and while assessing the tenant’s condition, they reportedly observed that he had died.

A source, while speaking to our correspondent, but does not want to be mentioned because he was not permitted to speak to the media, said the corpse had been evacuated and deposited in the morgue.

The source said, “The corpse was discovered around 8 pm on June 12, 2024, at a short-let apartment on the LSDPC Estate, off Freedom Way, Lekki Phase 1. The short-let was owned by one Adewole Olufemi. He reported to the police that Caleb Chiemele had stayed in his short-let apartment since May 12, 2024.

“But around 5 pm on June 12, they noticed that Caleb had not been seen since the morning and based on that observation, they decided to peep through the windows and they saw him lying on the floor in the apartment.”

The source said when policemen were informed, they visited the apartment and found the lifeless remains of the tenant.

“When the policemen got to the apartment, they had to force their way in as the door was locked. They met him lying down lifeless and subsequently evacuated the corpse to the mortuary,” the source said.

When our correspondent contacted him on Monday, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, said the command had begun an investigation to ascertain the cause of Chiemele’s death, adding that the corpse had been deposited in the morgue for autopsy.


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