Man fined N215,000 commits suicide in Ogun

Officials of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE)
Emeh Joy

A man identified as Fatai Salami, a truck owner, has committed suicide after his truck got seized by the officials of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps for violating the COVID-19 rules in the state.

Salami was reported to have drunk an insecticide- snippers at the TRACE premises when he was asked to pay the sum of N215,000 for violating the COVID-19 rule in the state.

A source who spoke to news reporters said that TRACE officials had seized Salami's truck from his driver on Thursday for breaking the social distancing order as well as failure to use a face mask.

Salami had then gone to the TRACE premises to plead for the release of his truck, but his pleas fell on deaf ears apparently.

The source also added that he had been sleeping on the premises since Thursday until Monday when he was able to raise the sum of N150,000 which got rejected.

The deceased had threatened to kill himself but was not taken seriously until he indeed took snippers and died.

The Public Relations Officer of TRACE, Babatunde Akinbiyi, has confirmed the death of the man. He, however, denied reports that the man that committed the suicide was a truck owner.

He said, "The man was neither a truck driver nor a truck owner. We only saw him there, he sat on the floor, and the people asked him to stand up, and as he stood up, he brought out something from his pocket and drank it".

"We later discovered that it was snipper that he drank. He was rushed to the General Hospital, where he gave up the ghost. The case has been reported to the police".

Akinbiyi also denied that the man was fined.

He added, "He was neither a driver nor a truck owner; what he came here to do we don't know".

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