By Michael Adesanya /Abeokuta
The Ogun State command of the Nigeria Police on Sunday debunked rumour circulating on social media linking the death of the Ibara Divisional Police Officer, Segun Dada to the recent arrest of a masquerade in his jurisdiction.
The clarification was contained in a statement issued by the Command spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi and made available to newsmen in Abeokuta.
A masquerade was, on Sunday 29th of March, arrested at the 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 contain the spread of coronavirus in the state.
Oyeyemi disclosed that the deceased officer had been sick and admitted to a hospital about a month before the arrest of the masquerade, saying that the DPO knew nothing about the 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.
“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 makers 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 breathed 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 being above the law.
“May the good Lord bless the soul of our departed officer and console his family and friends”.