A driver, identified as Fatai Salami, whose truck was seized by officials of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps for flouting COVID-19 laws has committed suicide.
Salami who was fined N215,000 for the offence drank an insecticide, snipper, on the premises of TRACE on Monday.
Narrating the story, a close source said 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.
The truck owner who had been pleading with TRACE officials since Thursday eventually committed the act after his appeals fell on deaf ears.
The source said the man threatened to kill himself, after N150,000 was rejected from him, but he was not taken seriously until he drank the snipper and died.
The Public Relations Officer of TRACE, Babatunde Akinbiyi, confirmed the death of a man in their premises however denied that he was a truck owner
Akinbiyi 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.”