Ibara Police Station in Abeokuta divisional police office, DPO Olusegun Dada is dead.
According to the report circulating on social media, Dada allegedly died a day after Masquerade was arrested in his division.
Reacting to the report, Ogun State Police Command has debunk the report claiming that Dada died because of Masquerade arrested by police in his division.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who debunked the claimed today Sunday 19th of April 2020 in a statement, said that late Dada was not in his office when the Masquerade was arrested..
Oyeyemi said Dada has been on a sick bed for. Some month now before his death.
The arrested a masquerader took place in Ijeja, Abeokuta area of Ogun for defying the ban on the gathering of many people to curb the spread of Coronavirus in the state.
Oyeyemi Statements read, “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.
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“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.