Friday 22 May 2020

Ogun State Lockdown: Pregnant Woman In Labour Dies At Police Checkpoint For Not Wearing Face Mask

A Pregnant woman in labour dies after allegedly being delayed by policemen for not wearing face mask in Ogun State.
A pregnant woman who was in labour died today after she was allegedly delayed by police officers for not wearing a face mask in the Ogun Waterside local government area of Ogun state.
According to reports, the deceased, Waidat Adedeji, went into labour and was being rushed on a motorcycle by one of her children to the Ita-Otu General hospital when they were stopped by police officers at Sowore checkpoint. The police officers inquired why they were not wearing face masks and also not obeying the social distancing order of the state government.

The mother of six lost her life while on the way to the hospital for delivery. The deceased was being rushed to the hospital on a motorcycle by two men when they were accosted at the Sowore River checkpoint.
The policemen allegedly delayed the trio on the motorcycle, citing the ongoing restriction of movement over COVID-19, but later allowed them to go upon realising the woman was bleeding profusely.
It was gathered that the policemen allegedly delayed the motorcyclist for hours before they were later released. The woman reportedly died some minutes after.
Youths in the area blamed the police for her death. As a way of protest, they took her corpse and dumped it at the Abigi Divisional Police Headquarters.
Confirming the incident to Tribune, the spokesperson of the state police command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, denied the claim that police officers caused the pregnant woman’s death.
. “Our officers were not responsible for the pregnant woman’s death. There were three occupants on a motorcycle as against the directive of the state government that only two people should occupy a motorcycle at a time. They were stopped and interrogated on why they did not obey the sit at home order. They informed the police that the woman was being conveyed to hospital for delivery, and have noticed that the woman was in pains, our men allowed them to proceed,” he said

Aggrieved youth on Thursday staged a protest in Abigi, Ogun State, following the death of the pregnant woman, Mrs Opeoluwa Waidat Adedeji, at a police checkpoint.
The protesters, who stormed the Abigi Divisional Police Headquarters, blamed policemen manning the checkpoint for her death.

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