The lifeless body of a man, identified only as Segun, has been found in a hotel in Orile-Imo, in the Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the deceased lodged in the hotel with another man suspected to have murdered him on Saturday, January 7, 2023.
It was learnt that the suspect fled early Sunday after allegedly hitting the victim with a sharp object in the head.
Hotel workers got to know about the incident after one of them went to clean up the room.
The management of the hotel was said to have reported the incident to the Isiun Police Division, which took the body to the mortuary of the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital.
The Closed-Circuit Television camera of the hotel, viewed by our correspondent, showed the moment Segun and the yet-to-be-identified suspect entered the hotel.
It was observed that the deceased and the suspect gisted beside the hotel bar before they paid for a room at the reception.
PUNCH Metro observed in the footage that the deceased, who wore a black jacket, had a facial injury that made his left eye swollen.
It was also noted that the victim tried to shield his face in all the footage viewed by our correspondent.
A source said Segun fought with some hoodlums at a party in the Owode Egba area.
“He left the place when the fight was getting serious. In fact, those boys were still looking for him at the party when he left. I am sure he came to lodge at the hotel so that he could hide from the hoodlums,” the source added.
A family member of the deceased, who identified himself only as Tolu and claimed to have seen his corpse before it was buried on Monday, said there was a deep cut in his head.
The relative also claimed that the deceased’s phone, which was with him in the CCTV footage, was taken away by the suspect.
He said, “When our family head went to a police station, they gave him about N250,000 belonging to Segun. They told him that N200, 000 was found inside a bag with him, while another N50,000 was found inside his back pocket.
“The suspect only took his phone; he did not take out of the money. This shows that his major mission was just to get him killed. I believe they might have had an argument, which led to him hitting Segun in the head.
“We buried his remains in his residence in Abeokuta; it is really a painful thing that we don’t even know who was responsible for the death of our brother.”
A top management official of the hotel, who spoke on condition of anonymity, however, said from the CCTV footage, it was possible that the victim was not feeling well when he came to lodge at the hotel.
He also revealed that the management was working with the police in ensuring that the suspect was apprehended.
When asked how the suspect escaped without being captured in the CCTV footage, he said, “I believe the guy escaped probably when there was a power outage and we were trying to put on the generator. You can see the CCTV here works 24 hours; if not for the footage, we won’t even know the suspect.”
Efforts to get the Ogun State police spokesperson, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, were not successful as of the time this report was filed. (Punch)