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Sales rep drowns in  Akure hotel

By Tola Gbadamosi
Tragedy struck in Akure, the Ondo state capital on Tuesday, as an Abuja-based marketing officer, Jeremiah Tor, drowned in the swimming pool of a popular hotel, located along Ado-Owo expressway, Akure.

     The Ondo State Police Command, said it is currently investigating the possible cause of  the death of the middle-aged man, who was working with a marketing firm,  Right Price Advance  Sales Marketing  Limited Garki, Abuja.

According to the  Police First Information Report (FIR), the deceased who was on an official marketing business trip to Akure, lodged in the hotel with his colleagues, identified as Victor Johnson, 25, Mohammed Usman, 26, and Francis Fiase, 27.

 On the fateful day, he was said to have gone with his colleagues to swim in the pool, before the ugly incident happened.

The Hope Metro gathered that while they were swimming, the deceased, Jeremiah Tor, suddenly drowned in the  pool.

The police sources disclosed that it was one of his colleagues and other people who came to the hotel that noticed his lifeless body  floating.

It was reported that they immediately swung into action and tried to rescue him alive. But all efforts proved abortive,  because  by the time he was brought out and rushed to the State Specialist hospital in Akure for resuscitation,  he was already dead.

The deceased until his sudden death was based in Abuja, but was in Akure with his colleagues for  the company’s marketing business.

It was gathered that one Mr Rotimi Betiku, a staff of the hotel, reported the  case at Ijapo police station.

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The Police spokesman, Mr Femi Joseph, who confirmed the incident, described it as shocking  and sad.

He advised people to be more  careful and take everything they do seriously.

 His words: “It is unfortunate this has happened. We should learn to be more  careful in everything we do.

“It is a good thing for one to take swimming as a hobby and a mode of relaxation. But when you know you are not too good in it,  then  do not  go to the deep end.

“And for every pool, it is expected that there must be a life guard on ground to ensure the safety of every individual that comes to the pool.

He said the police is still investigating the possible cause of the death, while awaiting autopsy examination.

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