By Ahmed Ajikobi
The lifeless body of a yet to be identified man was discovered Tuesday morning, on a median kerb opposite Adeleke Pharmaceutical Limited filling station, along Asa Dam Road, Ilorin.
According to shop owners and residents of the area, they woke up around 7:00 am to discover the motionless body of the man who should be in his late 50s lying face down on the median kerb just 20 metres away from the Gerin-Alimi Round about.
Speaking to one of the shop owners who pleaded anonymity, he said the man is a regular passer-by in the area, adding that he appeared like one who is mentally unhinged.
“It’s like the man is mentally challenged judging by his appearance and conduct while alive. He normally passes by without talking to anyone in this area.
“We met him dead when we came to open our shop around 7am and seeing his lifeless body surprised us all.”
Another shop owner, who does not want his identity disclosed, said, “We are scared to report the incident at the police station because it can lead us into trouble. Before you know it, the policemen will turn it to something else.
“I’m talking from experience and it happened to my brother who was driving his car and a motorcycle hit him from the back, they got injured brutally and my brother helped them to hospital but police officer later asked him to write statement and before we knew what was happening my brother was arrested.
“We had to bail him with the sum of N7,000 after serious pleading. This explains the reason I could not report this particular incident to the police.
“We told the KWARTMA officers at Geri Alimi who came and made some calls but nothing has happened till now.”
When contacted the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ajayi Okasanmi promised to call the Adewole Divisional Police Station to take control of the situation.
When our reporter revisited the area around 5:00pm yesterday, the lifeless body of the man, which is already swollen was yet to be evacuated.
When this medium informed Okasanmi that the body of the deceased was yet to be removed, he said, “I have called the DPO and he said he has informed the Local Government officials and they will evacuate it today (Wednesday).”
Speaking on the development, the state Commissioner for Environment, Otunba Taiwo Joseph said, “both staff of Ministry of Environment and Ilorin West LG will evacuate the body.”
In the same vein, Transition Implementation Committee Chairman of Ilorin West, Abdulwahab Ololele said, he directed environment officers at the council to evacuate the body latest 8am on Thursday.
“They could have done it today (Wednesday) but they have left the office before the information got to me,” he assured.