The Ogun State Police Command has refuted the claim that the Ibara Police Station, Abeokuta, Divisional Police Officer, DPO’s death is connected with the arrest of a masquerader in the state.
In a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, the police stated that DPO Olusegun Dada had been sick for the past one month, which eventually led to his death.
The police in the state had arrested a masquerader in Ijeja, Abeokuta after he refused to heed to the order of the state government banning the gathering of many people to curtail the spread of the coronavirus disease in Ogun state.
The statement read in part,
“The attention of the Ogun State Police Command has been drawn to mischievous information circulating on the 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 masquerader, who violated the social distancing directives of the federal and state governments.
“The command wouldn’t have taken issues with those circulating the fake news, but the wrong and mischievous impression needs to be clarified.
“The late DPO had been on the sick bed for the past one month, battling with an ailment, which later resulted in his untimely death.
“Contrary to what the mischief makers wanted the public to believe, the late DPO was not on duty when the said masequerader was arrested, because he was in hospital.
“The masequerader was arrested on Sunday, March 29, 2020, for violating the government’s directive, while the DPO was on the sick bed at the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, until he breathed his last; he was not even aware of the said masquerader’s arrest.
“It will be ignorant of anyone to attribute the DPO’s death to the arrest of the recalcitrant masequerader just to attract traffic to blogs.
“Anybody, who might have had reasons to meet the late DPO when he was alive, would 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 unfounded rumour, your mischievous information will not deter us from carrying out our constitutional duty.
“If pastors and imams can be arrested for violating the government directive, no masquerader should think of being above the law.
“May the good Lord bless the soul of our departed officer and console his family and friends.”