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Pandemonium broke out at Ibi-ade in Ogun waterside area of Ogun state when some police officers allegedly killed a pregnant woman while going for child labor.
PLATFORM TIMES reports that the policemen reportedly hit the pregnant woman on the head with torchlight on Wednesday night when she was being reportedly transported to a general hospital where she was supposed to deliver her baby.
PLATFORM TIMES also reports that the killing of the pregnant woman led to protest by youths of the community who threatened to burn down police station in the community.
PLATFORM TIMES also gathered that it took the intervention of the traditional ruler, Alarege of Ibiade, Oba Kola Rahimi and some other eminent personalities in the community before the youth were calmed.
A source who spoke with PLATFORM TIMES disclosed that the Police officer numbering about three reportedly stopped the motorcycle transporting the woman to the general hospital in the area.
The source added that despite seeing the pains the woman was going through, the police officers allegedly delayed them for refusing to pay.
The source however said in the process of the Okada rider moving away from the policemen, they reportedly hit the pregnant woman with torchlight.
Also a Human Rights activist, Festus Ogun said the pregnant woman who was already in pain before getting to the checkpoint was allegedly delayed for several hours by the policemen.
Ogun added that it was learnt that the woman was harassed by the police and she was unable to make it to the hospital before she gave up the ghost.
He said, “the true situation is that earlier this morning before dawn, the woman was in labor and she was already bleeding profuse and been taken to the hospital.
“On the way to the hospital, the motorcycle carrying her was stopped by officers of the Nigeria Police Force, she was delayed for hours and it was that delay that led to the death of the woman.
“The matter is that the woman was in serious labour and the policemen were saying because of the lockdown or whatever reason they deliberately delayed the woman and led to the unfortunate death of the woman.
“The woman died with the baby in her , so thereafter the corpse of the woman was taken to the king’s palace, I think she died in between the checkpoint and the hospital.
“To cut it short, her corpse was later transferred by the military officers at the Waterside to the police station, that they killed the woman and have to show responsibility, so the tragedy angered the youth of ogun Waterside and that led to the protest, the youths were obviously angry.
“In fact, there were threats that the police station will be burn down, there have been Interventions by the king, the Alarege of Ibiade and eminent personalities waded into the matter.”
The Human Right activist however urged that any distort information by the Police should be rejected.
Ogun maintained that justice must prevailed and the officers involved must be punished.
Meanwhile, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi confirmed the incident.
Oyeyemi however denied the allegation that the police was responsible for the death of the pregnant woman.
The PPRO explained that the pregnant woman was only delayed for few minutes so as to be sure she was not kidnapped.
According to him, the fact is that the person carried a pregnant woman on a motorcycle, during midnight, policemen who were enforcing curfew, stopped them and asked them where they were going and they said that the woman was in labor and they are taking her to a hospital.
He further said, “the officers asked them why that time and they said that the woman is bleeding, so the officers asked them to go to the hospital, about 10 or 15 minutes later , the woman died during labor, maybe she had lost a lot of blood before they decide on taking her to the hospital, she hasn’t even given birth before she died , so those people people came back and said that the policemen that stopped them at the checkpoint delayed them from getting to the hospital earlier, saying that they killed her. How is that possible? Whoever lies will not attain Paradise.
“The DPO called me this morning to inform me about the situation.
“They were stopped truly to know where they were going, and I don’t think they’ve gone beyond their power, what if they were kidnapping the woman for ritual? Don’t we have right to stop them? We saw someone in the night carrying a pregnant woman, where are you taking her to? it is the duty of a policeman to question the person, and they explained and the policemen let them go.
“The delay for questioning wasn’t up to five minutes according to the DPO , he called me in the morning. Are policemen not human being? That they would now see a pregnant woman and deliberately delay her for what?”.