An abandoned 17-storey building where criminals rape, kill victims and share their loot, has been uncovered in Oto-Awori Local Council Development Area, Lagos.
The uncompleted building, has been a notorious hideout for criminals in the area. Residents said that criminals usually share their loot inside the uncompleted building.
Recently, a security man attached to the LCDA identified as Moshood Afolabi, was found dead in the 17- storey building after he was declared missing by the family.
His disappearance was said to have been reported to the local vigilance group by his family after four days of searching for him when he did not return from his usual night watch.
Afolabi’s body was subsequently found in the building in Oto-Awori LCDA after four days of fruitless efforts by members of his family to locate his whereabouts. According to his wife, Raimot Afolabi, “I went to report to Baba Saka who is the leader of the vigilance group my husband worked with that he had not returned home for two days from his duty post.
“He was surprised when I told him what happened and raised an alarm. He ordered his boys to carry out a thorough search. His corpse was found in that 17-storey building. That monstrous building was responsible for my husband’s death,” said the mother of four.
Saka, the leader of the vigilance group, said when Afolabi’s wife reported that her husband had not returned from work, he organised a search party within the neighbourhood and on the second day, he received a call from someone that a body was found in the building. “We quickly rushed to see if the body was that of a known person. When we got there, we recognised the body to be that of Moshood. We then deposited his remains in a mortuary for further investigation,” he said.
A community leader in the area, Alhaji Uthman Sekoni said that a lot of criminal activities had been happening in the building with boys of shady character seen coming out or going into the place. “That was where members of Odu’a Peoples Congress, OPC, arrested people they suspected to be criminals. An officer that was attached to the community police was found dead in that same building.
“Just last week, a girl was thrown down naked after being raped by some heartless people. That place has been a hideout for criminals who terrorise our community. They go in there to share the loot stolen from us.
“We have also been hearing gun shots from the place. It is amazing that security agents have not cared to raid the place and clean it up. It is a haven for armed robbers and ritualists,” he said.
The building belongs to the Federal Government and that it has been abandoned for over 20 years. The building is associated with all forms of criminal activities and the people around there called on the government to do something urgently about it.
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