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Decomposing 75-year-old’s body on Abeokuta street irks residents

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Segun Ayinde, Abeokuta 

Residents of Oke-Ilewo in Abeokuta South local government area of Ogun state have raised the alarm over the decomposing corpse of a 75-year-old man whose family members could not be reached.

Orient Daily exclusively gathered that the man, a Togolese, whose name could not be ascertained as at the time of filing this report, was said to have died since Tuesday afternoon after brief illness.

They said that the man, who was a chronic alcohol drinker, could have died from alcohol-related illness and that efforts to reach his family members for the evacuation of his corpse proved abortive.

A resident who pleaded for anonymity said that the man was well known among the people in the area because he took it as his responsibility to sweep the surrounding of some shops.

He said that, since the man’s death, people in the area had been calling on government officials to evacuate his dead body but that they were yet to do so when our correspondent visit the scene.

The resident said that if his decomposing body was not evacuated on time he might start smelling and become a health hazard for people in the area.

He said “the man died Tuesday afternoon and since then we have been trying to reach his family members but could not. We even tried calling government officials to come and evacuate his corpse but we have not seen them at all.”

“If his body is not taken away on time, this entire place may begin to smell and that may bring sickness to people in this area,” he added.

When Orient Daily visited the scene, the residents had laid his body on a plank, blocked his nostrils with cotton wool and covered the body with rags and torn mosquito nets.

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