The corpse of a police officer identified as Sergeant Godspower Okoro, has been deposited at the Mainland General Hospital, Lagos, for an autopsy to unravel the real cause of his ‘strange’ death.
The late Okoro, who was attached to the Alausa Police Division, was found dead in his apartment located on Baale Street in the Ojodu Berger area of the state, around 8am on Sunday.
The policeman had returned from duty around 7pm on Friday, reportedly drunk and did not go out until he was discovered dead two days later by his girlfriend.
The girlfriend, who had allegedly complained about his bad drinking habit several times, reportedly planned to take him to a church that morning for prayers.
Most residents were afraid to speak about the incident when Punch visited the residence on Tuesday.
But the landlord’s wife, who identified herself as Iya Nimota, said she last saw Okoro around 7pm on Friday when he returned from work.
The woman, who spoke in Yoruba, said except for being drunk atimes, the man was jovial and peaceful.
She added that Okoro and his girlfriend had a misunderstanding on Friday after he was allegedly drunk.
She said, “I don’t know what caused his death but I know he drank a lot. When he returned from work that Friday, he was drunk. I saw him when he arrived.
“He was supposed to go for a morning duty on Saturday but I learnt he called his superior that he was weak and would not be able to go. It was his girlfriend who came on Sunday that found him dead. She raised the alarm and called for help.
“She said she had a disagreement with him on Friday when they met in Alausa because he was tipsy. She said she wanted to take him to a church for prayers on Sunday when she saw his corpse.
“My husband went to report at the Ojodu Police Station and some policemen came to remove his corpse. Nobody was arrested. He was friendly. Heavy drinking was his major problem.”
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed Okoro’s death, adding that a postmortem would be carried out on his body to ascertain the cause of his death.
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