Ogun DPO's death has nothing to do with arrest of masquerade, Police authority - SALIENT TIMES ONLINE

Ogun DPO's death has nothing to do with arrest of masquerade, Police authority

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The Ogun State command of the Nigeria Police on Sunday debunked a rumour circulating on social media linking the death of the Ibara Divisional Police Officer, SP Segun Dada to the recent arrest of a masquerade in his jurisdiction.


The clarification was contained in a statement issued by the Command spokesperson, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi and made available to newsmen in Abeokuta, the Ogun State.

It would be recalled that a masquerade was on Sunday 29th of March, 2020 was arrested in Ijeja area of Abeokuta for violating the State government directive banning gathering of people more than 20 in a place as parts of measures to curtail and contain the spread of coronavirus in the state.

According to Oyeyemi, the deceased officer had been sick and admitted into a hospital about a month before the arrest of the masquerade, saying that the DPO knew nothing about the said arrest.

The statement reads, "the attention of Ogun state police command has been drawn to a mischievous information circulating on social media attributing the untimely death of one of the finest, humble and dedicated officers of the command to the recent arrest of a recalcitrant masequrade who violated the social distancing directives of the Federal and state government".
     
"The command wouldn't have joined issue with those circulating the fake news but the wrong and mischievous impression needs to be clarified".
     
Oyeyemi added that "the late DPO has been on sick bed for the past one month battling with an ailment which later resulted to his untimely death" .     

"Contrary to what the mischief maker wanted the public to believe, the late DPO was not on duty when the said masquerade was arrested because he was in the hospital".
     
"The masquerade was arrested on Sunday 29th of March 2020 while the DPO was on sick bed at Federal Medical Center Idi-Aba,  Abeokuta, until he breath his last, he was not even aware of the said masquerade arrest".

"It will be ignorant of anyone to attribute his death to the arrest of the recalcitrant masequrade just to attract traffic to his or her blog".
   
"Anybody who may have had reason to meet the late DPO when he was alive will attest to his humble and polite nature. He was an embodiment of what a gentleman officer should be and the Nigeria police force, Ogun state police command in particular will forever miss him".
      
"To those circulating the unfunded rumour, your mischievous information will not deter us from carrying out our constitutional duty no matter who is involved".
    
"If Pastors and Imams can be arrested for violating the government directives, no masequrade should think of been above the law".
    
"May the good Lord bless the soul of our departed officer and console his family and friends", Oyeyemi concluded.