For residents of Festac Town, Lagos, 3rd Avenue appears to be among the popular residential areas, particularly for hosting the Passport Office of Nigeria Immigration Service and a notable relaxation center known as Fatherland.
But that was before Thursday, July 26, 2012, given that one event of that day destroyed the innocence of this section of Festac, following the shocking discovery of a headless corpse and human parts in a residence at Close B by men of the Festac Police Division.
When Sunday Vanguard arrived the scene shortly after the discovery, thousands of people were seen at the entrance of the Close discussing the incident amid the offensive odour that enveloped the vicinity.
An attempt to gain access to the house where the alleged crime happened was not successful, as the residence had been sealed and suspects taken to Festac Police Station.
However, it was gathered that, at the centre of the incident, are two brothers simply identified as Omotola and Toye.
According to an eye witness account, the Close had been enveloped by an offensive odour for two weeks, which was traced to the house.
Following the development, neigbours had no option than to report the matter to the Environmental Department of Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area,LGA. But the LGA officials suggested that the issue be reported to the police.
Another eyewitness, who pleaded anonymity, said: “We had to involve the police because the two boys had always acted unsual. They always pretended to be insane and people wouldn’t associate with them. But what warranted this was that we started perceiving odour and had to involve the police.”
The eye witnesses further said, “The house where they reside is a duplex which belonged to their parents but their parents got missing mysteriously sometime ago.”
However, when Sunday Vanguard arrived at the police station, sources disclosed that the police were alerted at about 4:30 pm on Thursday and immediately swung into action.
“From preliminary investigation, which was based on strong information, we gathered that the occupants of the house in question allegedly engaged in ritual activities. And the neigbours had been perceiving odour for the past two weeks. The neigbours had to report to the Local Government Environmental Department before they were refferred to the police,” the source stated.
The source added: “A fair complexioned corpse, which appeared to be that of a female, was recovered, in addition to decomposing human skulls, hands and other parts. Two suspects, Omotola, who is the principal suspect, and Toyin, conducted the search with the police. Another Seun is presently at large.”