A female lodger, identified only as Joy and said to be married with 5 kids, has been found dead in a room at the Triple F Hotel, Randle Road, in the Apapa area of Lagos State.
It was learnt that Joy, who hailed from Benue State, had checked into the hotel on Friday with a male partner.
However, when the woman was discovered dead, the lover had reportedly sneaked out of the hotel.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the matter was reported at the Apapa Police Division, while policemen came to remove Joy’s corpse and deposited it in a morgue.
A resident of Randle Road, who gave his name only as Matthew, said the hotel workers discovered Joy’s remains when it was time for her to check out of the hotel and they did not see her.
He added that there were no sign of torture on her body to suggest unnatural death.
He said, “Joy was a mother of five children.
She was a food seller. She ran a restaurant close to the Police Complex in Apapa. She was married to a man from Enugu State.
“The hotel workers on Friday, during the time Joy was to check out, went to her room to remind her. The door was locked and they knocked on the door. After several knocks and no answer, they forced the door of the room open. They were shocked to find her dead.
“They raised the alarm and the matter was reported at the police station. The woman had come to the hotel with a partner.”
When our correspondent reached out to the manager of the hotel on the telephone, the man, who did not give his name, declined comment on the incident.
Our correspondent learnt from a police source that the police had invited the hotel workers on duty as investigation had started to unravel the cause of Joy’s death.
It was gathered that the police had also launched a manhunt for the lover who came to the hotel with Joy.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the incident.
She, however, said the police found marks of torture on Joy’s body.
She said, “The female lodger died while she was with the fleeing suspect. There were marks of violence on her body. The corpse has been deposited in a morgue for autopsy while investigation is ongoing to track the suspect.”