Offensive odour of decomposing body sacks residents in Benin City
By Nosa Akenzua, Benin
Offensive odour of a decomposing body of a 78-year-old woman in Benin City, Edo State, has sacked occupants of the house including residents of the street.
The deceased, identified as Mrs Agbenese Oshomah, was said to have died last month of June and was left inside the room by her children who allegedly described her as not a passionate mother while alive, a situation that resulted in the offensive odour, thereby sacking occupants of the house including residents of the area, at Edemakhiota Street off Universal Road, in Benin City, Edo State.
It was gathered that unsuspecting residents and neighbours could not withstand the offensive odour and when they conducted a search light through committee, fortunately, discovered that the woman died in her room of alleged strange ailments and was left in there by her children.
Sources said that her children refused to inform neighbours and the landlord of the house of their mother’s death while still living in same apartment with the dead body, as they went about their daily activities without any concerns before the bubble burst.
But, the landlady of the house Mrs Maria Okakah, who spoke to journalists in the area, said, “We started noticing offensive odour in the apartment and other tenants in the house were worried when the street members constituted a search for where the odour that was very offensive, and we later discovered that it was in my house and I had to call in the police before the deceased children admitted that they knew their mother died inside the house and they left her in her room.”
Meanwhile, the Edo State police command through the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Kotongs Bello, however, confirmed the incident, saying that two of the deceased’s children were interrogated and were ordered to evacuate their mother within 24 hours of the report, adding that the secret was exposed when nosy neighbours who couldn’t stand the stench coming from the apartment inquired of the cause of the odour that was uncovered.
Speaking further, Mrs Okakah said, “The odour was too much and we had to organize for an ambulance to evacuate the deceased before the police waded into the matter and the children said that their mother was not fair to them while she was alive. We are thanking God for the cooperation of the neighbours and the police who came to our rescue to save the situation.”
Two children of the deceased, Theresa Zubauru and Grace Osagiede, however, said that God told them not to tell anyone that their mother had died, and however, apologized for their wrong especially allowing the odour to sack occupants and residents of the house and street where their mother lived before she died.