An unemployed man recognized as Solomon Okon, has reportedly been detained by the police for over a month for over alleged tried suicide.
The 21-year-old was mentioned to have drank a toxic substance in a bid to finish his life due his unemployed standing.
It was learnt that the younger man, who was a porter at Havana Hospital, Surulere, Lagos, drank the toxic substance after receiving a letter terminating his employment.
In line with The PUNCH, a relative of Okon mentioned the incident occurred in August, including that the suspect had since been charged to courtroom.
He mentioned, “Okon was working at Havana Hospital and acquired N35, 000 a month. He was squatting with a pal and was utilizing a part of the cash to handle his mom in Akwa Ibom. In August, he acquired a letter terminating his employment.
“Out of frustration, he ingested a toxic substance. Nevertheless, as a result of all of it occurred within the hospital, he was rapidly attended to and was in a position to get better to some extent. The hospital administration reported the matter to the Barracks Police Station after which he was arrested and detained.”
It was additionally gathered that the police arraigned Okon earlier than a Justice of the Peace’s Court docket in Yaba for tried suicide.
Confirming the incident, Muyiwa Adejobi, Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, mentioned Okon was nonetheless in police custody.
He mentioned, “The case has been taken to courtroom. He was arraigned on August 28, 2020, earlier than Justice of the Peace Patrick N of Court docket two Yaba. Adjournment date: October 15, 2020. He’s remanded in police facility at Surulere.”
Okon, nevertheless, pleaded not responsible to the cost.
The Justice of the Peace additionally reportedly granted Okon bail within the sum of N200,000 with two sureties.
Okon’s relative revealed that there was no approach they may afford the sum.
“This younger man tried to commit suicide due to poverty and frustration. Quite than get him a job, he’s being detained and cash is being demanded from him. This younger man wants assist. He wants help. He wants medical consideration and counselling.
“The hospital tried by giving him medical therapy but it surely shouldn’t have reported the man to the police. Now, we’re all operating in all places. We want human rights legal professionals to help us.” he mentioned.
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