Four people reportedly died in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital after excessive consumption of “ogogoro”, a popular local gin in Ibara Housing Estate area of the town.
The seller of the liquor identified as Salako Taloju is a security guard of a Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) chieftain in the state, Alhaji Sule Onabiyi and was said to have been in the business for about 20 years.
Three of the victims, it was gathered died on Monday while the fourth person passed on a day later.
They reportedly died at their various houses and were identified as regular customers of Taloju.
The three victims were said to have consumed the killer drink on Sunday evening.
A visit to the shop located at Chief Onabiyi’s GRA residence, four policemen were seen persuading the suspect to follow them to the Ibara Police station.
It took the suspect who confirmed to journalists that he sold the drink to the deceased about 20 minutes before he agreed to follow the security officers.
The suspect had earlier expressed shock at the incident saying “because they have been my customers for a very long time.”
He however said only three people died, disclosing that they were living in the same locality with him.
He gave the names of the deceased as Baba Imeko, Baba Onwenue and Easy.
Taloju who was heavily drunk when the police came to arrest him resisted arrest, pleading that he was innocent.
Taloju who spoke incoherently in Yoruba language said, “We have been drinking together here 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 employer, he simply said, “Do you want to kill me. My boss has warned me on several occasions not to drink again but I refused.”
One of the neighbours, 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 (family).”