The dangling body of a 57-year-old American was on Tuesday found in a hotel in Lekki area of Lagos. A foreigner identified as Charles Carlson, was said to be on a business trip to Nigeria. He is the owner of Brava Group of company, an Oil and energy which started operating in Nigeria back in 2012. Although it could not be ascertained how long he had been in the country, it was gathered that he lodged in the hotel located on 8, African Lane, Lekki Phase 1.
Apprehension set in after the 57-year-old business did not come down stairs for his breakfast. Calls to his intercom to invite him for breakfast was not picked. Also, his mobile phone was not answered.
Manager of the hotel, Vincent Onwunke, who was alerted of the development was said to have contacted Carlson’s business partner, who rushed to the hotel. When the door of the room was forced opened, Carlson was found dangling from a rope tied round his neck, by the door.
Mr Carlson reportedly used a rope to tie himself to the ceiling.
His business partner told police yesterday that Mr Carlson who lost his investment in oil business due to the ongoing economic recession has been battling severe depression since mid August.
Policemen from Maroko Division, who were alerted, came and removed the body to the mortuary.
Spokesperson for Lagos State Police Command, Dolapo Badmus, who confirmed the incident. She said the Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, had directed that the case be transferred to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, for discreet investigation.