Face mask suffocates security guard to death

 Solomon Ede was within the behavior of by no means failing to put on his face masks so as to shield himself in opposition to the dreaded coronavirus in any other case referred to as Covid-19. At mattress time each evening, he would normally take away the loose-fitting piece of protecting fabric. Penultimate weekend, nonetheless, he made a pricey error that despatched him into early grave.

On Friday, August 28, the 50-year-old non-public guard popularly referred to as Baba Rita and hooked up to a constructing in Alako space of Abeokuta, was mentioned to have gone to mattress with out eradicating his face masks shortly after he took a neighborhood gin popularly referred to as ogogoro.

His lifeless physique was discovered face down along with his face masks the subsequent day, suggesting that he died of suffocation from the face masks.

Sources revealed that neighbours who got here to fetch water on the compound of the home the place the deceased labored as a guard till his dying banged on the gate of the constructing endlessly however Ede didn’t come out to grant them entry to the faucet.

It was mentioned that the noise on the gate of the constructing alerted Ede’s boss who opened the gate for the guests and determined to verify on Ede in his room, however the door to his room was firmly shut. His boss then pressured the door of the house tucked contained in the safety home of the constructing open solely to seek out Ede mendacity face down on the mattress lifeless and along with his face masks in place.

The boss was mentioned to have raised the alarm which attracted different residents to the constructing, with many blaming the deceased’s tragic dying on his obsession with alcohol.

The information of the guard’s dying triggered feelings as sympathisers had a busy time consoling his widow, who had rushed to the scene on receiving the information of her husband’s dying.

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It was mentioned that the expectant spouse of the deceased’s boss was shell-shocked and nearly handed out on the scene however for the fast intervention of feminine sympathisers who took her away.

A supply mentioned: “However for the noise from those that got here to fetch water within the early hours of the day, nobody would have identified {that a} tragedy had occurred.

“It was when the deceased failed to return out of his house to take care of these fetching water within the premises of the home that his boss got here out and found his physique.”

Shocked by the invention, the unnamed Ede’s employer reported the matter to a police division at Kemta, Idi Aba.

Sources mentioned the deceased was just lately persuaded by his boss to open an account in a financial institution for the aim of receiving his wage, following the best way he was lavishing his cash on alcohol.

A neighbour who spoke in confidence mentioned: “Earlier on the day of his unlucky dying, his employer reminded him of their earlier dialogue about opening a checking account so he might be paying his wage into the account at once, particularly when he’s out of city.

”He was to be paid his wage identical Saturday his lifeless physique was present in his room.”

Some sympathisers revealed that Ede took to alcohol after struggling melancholy. He was mentioned to have been warned by his employer and residents of the neighbourhood many occasions to desist from extreme consumption of the native gin.

“He normally eliminated his face masks earlier than going to mattress. However he took some ogogoro late within the night and was downcast. Those that noticed him on the entrance of his house requested him to take away the masks on his face and go to mattress, however he refused.

”Nevertheless, he went to mattress forgetting to take away his face masks and slept face down. He was in all probability choked to dying by the face masks,” mentioned a supply who spoke in confidence.

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The supply added: “Nobody would consider that he began working as a guard within the constructing in March this yr, as a result of he was a likable fellow who associated with everybody pleasantly. Therefore, he had unhindered entry to his boss’ house.

“He was a very simple going man, solely that he couldn’t restrain himself from indulging within the consumption of native gin which ultimately led him to put on a face masks to mattress, resulting in his dying.”

A resident recognized merely as Olamilekan disclosed that the deceased had rebuffed those that pleaded with him to retire to mattress when he was found to be drunk.

“He was sighted on Friday seated on the entrance of his house on the safety home the place he labored. He was trying downcast and was requested to enter his room however he refused. It was surprising that he died in a single day.

“From the look of issues and with out prejudice to police investigations on the reason for his dying, he was so drunk and possibly forgot to take away his face masks earlier than sleeping face down and suffocating to dying.”

Policemen from Kemta Police Division in Idi Aba had been mentioned to have evacuated the physique of the deceased to the mortuary on the State Basic Hospital at Ijaiye, Abeokuta.

The spokesman of Ogun State Police Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), promised to revert to our correspondent when he was contacted on the telephone.

He mentioned: “I haven’t heard in regards to the incident, however I’ll verify the story from the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) accountable for Kemta Division and get again to you,” he mentioned.

He, nonetheless, had not completed so at press time.

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