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Shocking as Police arrest a jobless man for trying to kill him self,Court grants him N200,000 bail in Lagos
Police detain jobless youth for attempted suicide, court grants N200,000 bail
An unemployed man, Solomon Okon , has been in police custody for over a month for allegedly drinking a poisonous substance .
It was learnt that the 21 – year -old , who was a porter at Havana Hospital , Surulere , Lagos , drank the poisonous substance after receiving a letter terminating his employment .
A relative of Okon told The PUNCH that the incident happened in August , adding that the suspect had since been charged to court .
He said, “ Okon was working at Havana Hospital and received N 35 , 000 a month. He was squatting with a friend and was using part of the money to take care of his mother in Akwa Ibom . In August , he received a letter terminating his employment .
“ Out of frustration , he ingested a poisonous substance . However, because it all happened in the hospital, he was quickly attended to and was able to recover to some extent . The hospital management reported the matter to the Barracks Police Station and then he was arrested and detained. ”
The PUNCH learnt that the police arraigned Okon before a Magistrate ’s Court in Yaba for attempted suicide .
Confirming the incident , the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer , Muyiwa Adejobi , said Okon was still in police custody .
He said, “ The case has been taken to court. He was arraigned on August 28 , 2020 , before Magistrate Patrick N of Court two Yaba . Adjournment date: October 15 , 2020 . He is remanded in police facility at Surulere .”
Okon, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge .
It was learnt that the magistrate granted Okon bail in the sum of N 200, 000 with two sureties.
Okon’ s relative told The PUNCH that there was no way they could afford the sum .
He said , “ This young man tried to commit suicide because of poverty and frustration . Rather than get him a job , he is being detained and money is being demanded from him. This young man needs help . He needs assistance . He needs medical attention and counselling .