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Man Fined N215,000 For Flouting COVID-19 Law In Ogun, Commits Suicide


Report says a truck owner, identified as Fatai Salami, has committed suicide after his truck was seized by officials of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps for flouting COVID-19 laws in the state.

It was gathered that the man reportedly drank snipper on the premises of the TRACE  after he was asked to pay N215,000 for flouting COVID-19 law in the state.

A source who spoke with THEPUNCH said that TRACE officials seized the deceased’s truck from his driver in Abeokuta on Thursday for flouting social distancing order and failure to use face mask.

He was said to have gone to their premises to plead for the release of his truck, the source added that the man had been sleeping on the premises since Thursday until Monday when he was able to raise a sum of N150,000, which was rejected.

The source said the man threatened to kill himself, but was not taken seriously until he drank the snippers and died.

However, the Public Relations Officer of TRACE, Babatunde Akinbiyi, confirmed the death of the man but denied that the man was fined.

He said, the man was neither a truck driver not a truck owner and that he was seen sitting around the premises.

He added people asked him to stand up and as he stood up, then, brought out something from his pocket and drank it which was later discovered to be snipper.

Akinbiyi said he was rushed to the General Hospital, where he gave up the ghost while he reiterated that he was neither a driver nor a truck owner.

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