Excessive Consumption of Illicit Gin Kills Four in Ogun


Sheriff Balogun in Abeokuta

Excessive consumption of illicit gin popularly called ogogoro on Tuesday killed four persons at the Ibara Housing Estate in Abeokuta.

One Salako Taloju who is the seller of the liquor, is a gate man at the residence of a prominent Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain.

It was gathered that Taloju had been selling the liquor for over 20 years.
When journalists visited the scene, Taloju said only three persons died, identifying them as Baba Imeko, Baba Onwenue and Easy.

But it was gathered that the incident involved four persons three of whom died on Monday while one died in the early hours of yesterday,

Men of the Nigeria Police Force have been drafted to the scene, while Taloju who was heavily drunk, resisted arrest, pleading that he was innocent.

While speaking with journalists, he said: “We have been drinking together for a long time. I do not know why they have to accuse me now of killing them. I have even taken out of the liquor and nothing happened.”

When asked if he had reported the matter to his boss, Taloju said: “Do you want to kill me. My boss has warned me on several occasions not to drink again but I refused.”
However, a neighbour, Mrs. Kemi Adepitan, confirmed that the victims died after consuming the liquor, saying: “It is true that they died, we were at the house of one of the victims this morning to greet them.”