By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Ogun State police command, on Sunday, said that the untimely death of SP Segun Dada, one of its Divisional Police Officers in charge of Ibara Division, Abeokuta on Saturday has nothing to do with the recent arrest of a recalcitrant masquerade who violated the social distancing directives of the federal and state government.
The clarification, according to the statement from the force Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi became imperative following all manners of reports on social media where the young officer’s death was linked to the arrest of the masquerade.
The command disclosed that contrary to what the rumour peddlers wanted members of the public to believe, the deceased DPO had been on sick bed for the past one month battling with an ailment which later resulted to his untimely death on Saturday, April 4, 2019.
The police explained that “Contrary to what the mischief-maker 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 for violating the government directives while the DPO was on a sick bed at Federal Medical Center idi Aba Abeokuta, until he breath 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 masquerade 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”.
The police insisted that such unfounded rumour and mischievous information would however not deter them from carrying out their constitutional duty no matter who is involved adding that “If Pastors and Imams can be arrested for violating the government directives, no masquerade should think of being above the law. May the good Lord bless the soul of our departed officer and console his family and friends”.