Police responds to rumoured death of Ogun State DPO after undressing masquerade

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Police responds to rumoured death of Ogun State DPO after undressing masquerade

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The Ogun State Police Command has debunked the rumours swirling around on social media that the Divisional Police Officer [DPO] of Ibara Police station, SP Segun Abeeb Dada, died because he allegedly undressed a masquerade last Sunday.

 

The masquerade who was arrested in Ijeja area of Abeokuta, reportedly challenged and threatened to deal with the police officers when they attempted to stop the said ‘Egungun festival’ in the community.

 

According to Daily Post, the Divisional Police Officer of the station, Dada, died yesterday after an illness. But some individuals have associated his death with the arrest of the masquerade.

 

The Ogun State Police spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed that the DPO has been on sick bed for the past one month, battling with an illness which later resulted to his death.

 

“The attention of Ogun State Police Command has been drawn to a piece of mischievous information circulating on 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 masquerade who violated the social distancing directives of the Federal and state government,” Oyeyemi said, per Daily Post.

 

“The command wouldn’t have joined issue with those circulating the fake news but the wrong and mischievous impression needs to be clarified.”

 

Oyeyemi further explained that the late DPO was not on duty when the said masquerade was arrested because he was in a hospital.

 

“The masequrade was arrested on Sunday 29th of March, 2020 for violating the government directives, while the DPO was on sick bed at Federal Medical Center Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, until he breathed his last, he was not even aware of the said masquerade’s arrest,” he stated.

 

“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.”

 

He attested that the late DPO was an honorable man with a polite and humble nature, he added that the Nigerian Police Force, especially the Ogun State Police Command, will forever miss him.

 

“To those circulating the unfounded rumour, your mischievous information will not deter us from carrying out our constitutional duty, no matter who is involved.

 

“If Pastors and Imams can be arrested for violating the government directives, no masquerade should think of being above the law,” he emphasised.

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