Adewura: How Missing Accountant was Found Dead in Lagos Canal

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Lateefat Adewura Belo, 26, Chartered accountant, went missing on Wednesday, May 15th, in Gowon Estate, Lagos, around 7.00pm when returning from office.

The search for her went on for almost two weeks until a body matching hers was found on Sunday, May 26 at the Mosan Canal, in the Iyana Ipaja area. Although the police have not made an official announcement, Adewura has been declared dead by family members who identified the corpse.

How she was found

In the course of her search, residents of the area had posted on social media that a woman about her size and age was washed away by flood through a manhole shortly after the motorcyclist carrying her was advised not to proceed.

Shortly after the warning, the flood swept them but the motorcyclist was said to have survived the mishap and was arrested, handed over to Mosalashi Police Station.

Following the lead, her family was said to have identified her body Sunday night said to have been found in a canal around Iyana Ipaja.

Although it could not be ascertained if her body was recovered from the canal on Sunday or whether there were marks suggestive of abduction and murder as feared by some commenters; the Lagos State Police Command ruled out abduction insisting no ransom was demanded.

Spokesman Bala Elkana, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) told reporters that it cannot be concluded yet if it was Belo’s body that was recovered since it was already decomposing.
He said: “A body has been recovered at a canal in Ipaja, but it cannot be concluded yet if it is her as the body was already decomposing.

“At this point, the police have to depend on a medical examination to ascertain whose body it is, as the body has already been taken for medical examination.
“The possibility that she was kidnapped is low since there was no call to demand ransom.”

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