A 16-year-old boy has reportedly died in the Badagry area of Lagos State after consuming adulterated gin.
Punch reports that the seller of the illicit gin popularly called ‘Paraga’ has been arrested by the police.
It was gathered that the deceased who lived with his parents on Temidola Street, Oko Afo, died about an hour after drinking the local gin given to him by the seller.
It was learned that one Olufunke had sent her son, Olawumi and his friend, Ngozi, to buy the gin from the woman whose name had yet to be ascertained.
After selling the drink to the boys, the seller gave Ngozi an extra gin in a nylon which he drank while returning from the errand.
He was said to have become drunk and was taken home by Olufunke, who also resides on the street.
Shortly after the teenager was led home, he was said to have gone into convulsion and was rushed to a hospital in the community where he was pronounced dead.
The case was reported at the Morogbo Police Division, leading to the arrest of the gin seller. A resident of the area, Dele Kalejaiye, said the incident happened on Saturday, December 3, 2016.
“On Saturday, December 3, Mama Olawumi (Olufunke) called Ngozi and sent him to buy ogogoro (liquor) from her customer at Oko Afo bus stop. She asked Olawumi to accompany him.
When they came back with the drink, Ngozi was already drunk. When he could no longer control himself, she (Olufunke) led him to his house.
Her child did not take from the extra drink the seller gave them. She (Olufunke) had also been arrested.”
A police source at the Division disclosed that remains of the deceased had been deposited in the Badagry General Hospital morgue for autopsy.
“Immediately the father of the deceased reported the case, Olawumi was arrested but the seller fled. She was eventually apprehended a few days ago.
Only the boy drank the drink the seller gave them. Possibly, he had never taken such before or the gin was adulterated,” the police source said.
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Dolapo Badmos has confirmed the incident, saying that the case had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Intelligence Department (SCIID), Panti, for further investigations.