Jaiyesinmi’s apartment | credits: Samson Folarin
The police in Lagos are battling to unravel the killers of a former director of the Lagos State Government, Mrs. Oluremi Jaiyesimi. The 63-year-old was found dead in her house in the Abraham Adesanya Estate, Ajah area of the state.
PUNCH Metroexclusively gathered from sources that the corpse of the former Director of Social Welfare in the Ministry of Youths and Social Development was not discovered until a week after she died. By then, her body was said to have been decomposing with maggots emanating from the corpse.
A neighbour, who was suspicious that something was amiss after the former director was not seen for days, alerted a relation in the Surulere area of the state. The relation reportedly called a friend of the
deceased living nearby, who visited the house.
A police source said:
“The friend accessed the house with his personal key and when he entered the compound, he perceived a foul smell. He also saw trays of onions and melon spread out to dry in the sun. They were already germinating, meaning they had been abandoned for a long time. The man decided to report back to the relative that he would not enter the flat because he could sense something was wrong.”
It was learnt that the friend, identified simply as doctor, reported the matter at the Ogombo Police Station. The relation and some other anxious family members in company with police officers, were said to have forced the door of the house open, only to see the corpse on the floor.
While the children travelled back after the burial, she decided to stay in her residence. She lived alone in the house, but usually called for the service of house helps and artisans on the telephone whenever she needed them.
She was said to have been killed between October 21, the last time she spoke with her children, and October 29, the day her corpse was found.
The Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Youth and Social Development, Dr. Dolapo Badru, condemned the murder of Jaiyesimi, who he described as a passionate woman who cared for children.
In a telephone interview with PUNCH, he said:
“When I heard about the incident, I was shocked. This was a woman who used all her life to serve humanity. She was especially passionate about vulnerable children. Such people shouldn’t die like that. Those who perpetrated this heinous crime must be caught and made to face the music.”
A police source confided that the cause of death of the woman had yet to be established.
“Even the autopsy did not reveal anything,” he added.
The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, confirmed the incident. Adding that the police had begun investigations. The police spokesperson said the matter had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigations Department, Yaba. –
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