The identify of the man, whose skeleton was found after four years of being declared missing in Apete area of Ibadan, Oyo State, has been revealed.
Recall that Adeosun/Idi Orogbo Community in Ido Local Government Area of Oyo State was thrown into shock on Sunday when they found one of their landlords, Mr John Aderemi Abiola, in his room, almost four years after he was last seen in December 2018.
The discovery was made after the community decided, with the approval of the police authorities, to go into his compound to clear the bush there, which had overgrown his fence into the next house, causing invasion by reptiles.
The development elicited surprise from members of the public, who were taken aback and wondered how the body could have decomposed without attracting concern from the neighbourhood.
As 2019 crept into 2020, the residents started wondering where the man could be.
Though he reportedly told about two of those he used to communicate with of his intention to go to Port Harcourt, Rivers State, and be back for Ileya ceremony in 2018, not seeing him for the festivity and thereafter made them to think he was staying back, where he initially came from.
It was revealed that calls to his phone lines were not going through.
From then to 2021, till Sunday September 4, 2022, the residents of the community, who did not know his whereabouts, decided to go and clear the bush, after discussing the matter at a meeting of the landlords in the area.
It was reported that labourers who went to clear the bush noticed that the window of Mr Abiola’s room was opened, and his Volkswagen car was covered in bush which prompted curiosity.
One of the landlords, Mr Mohammed Ademola, who also worked for and used to interact with Mr Abiola, decided to check what was in the room.
He was however, shocked when he saw the skeleton on the bed of the house owner.
The eyewitnesses decided not to tamper with his remains because the community didn’t want to risk anything.
Mr. Ademola noted that the deceased was not known with any of his family members and it was difficult to trace his family.