The police in Waterside local government area of Ogun state have been accused of causing the death of a pregnant woman for not wearing a face mask.
Marydave.ng gathered that the pregnant woman who was in labour died after she was allegedly delayed by police officers for not wearing the face mask.
It was learnt that the deceased, Waidat Adedeji, after going into labour in her house and she was later being rushed on a motorcycle by one of her children to the Ita-Otu General hospital.
Meanwhile, on getting to the a police checking point they were stopped by police officers at Sowore checkpoint.
The police officers asked them why they were not wearing face masks and also not obeying the social distancing order of the state government.
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.
The spokesperson of the state police command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, denied the claim that police officers caused the pregnant woman’s death.
Oyeyemi said: “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 having noticed that the woman was in pains, our men allowed them to proceed.”
See the corps of the pregnant woman below:
Earlier, Marydave.ng reported that the Inspector General of Police (I-G), Mr Mohammed Adamu, has directed personnel to exempt essential service providers from movement restriction order.