The Lagos State Police Command has released an unemployed man, Solomon Okon, who allegedly tried to commit suicide in August, 2020.
Our source had reported that Okon, who earned N35,000 a month as a porter at Havana Hospital, Surulere, Lagos, allegedly drank a poisonous substance after receiving a letter terminating his employment.
After being treated, Okon was handed over to the police and was arraigned before a Magistrate Court in Yaba.
The magistrate granted the 21-year-old Okon bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties. He, however, remained in police custody for nearly two months for being unable to meet bail conditions.
A relative to Okon, however, reached out to this newspaper, lamenting that the defendant would not be able to meet the bail conditions, adding that it was immoral for the police to arraign an unemployed man for attempted suicide and a fine of N200,000 imposed on him.
after our source publication, however, four Non-Governmental Organisations intervened and helped Okon to process his bail.
Speaking with our correspondent on Thursday, a cousin of the defendant, Richard Ekanem, thanked our source for the publicity.
Ekanem said they were overwhelmed by the support they had received.
He said, “I would like to thank Dr. Cheluchi Onyemelukwe of the Centre for Health Ethics, Law and Development; Dr. Felix Muoka of the Social Economic Rights Action Centre; Dr. Chioma Nwosu of Olamma Cares Foundation and Olumide Babalola of the Enough is Enough Foundation.
“Cheld and Olamma Cares Foundation agreed to rehabilitate him, treat him and give him a change of environment. Cheld and SERAC have been providing legal assistance to secure a no case submission on the matter.”
Meanwhile, Okon was brought before the Magistrate, N Patrick, on Thursday for continuation of trial. However, the court did not sit and the matter was adjourned till November 23, 2020.