By Kanmi AKINLADE, South-West Investigator Correspondent, Oshogbo
OPERATIVES of the Nigeria Police, some Para-military personnel and some health workers keeping vigil at the Oyo/Osun border post were weekend, shellshock after a male passenger aboard the vehicle they stopped for check suddenly started coughing and dropped dead. The cause of death has yet to be ascertained but unconfirmed source said it may not be unconnected with the ravaging corona-virus pandemic. According to sources, when the vehicle was stopped at Odo Oba, Iwo, an entry point to Osun from Oyo State while attempting to enter Osun State, both the driver and some passengers jumped into the bush adding that they were given a hot chase and apprehended. It was said that the deceased started coughing ceaselessly, slumped and died on the spot even while the driver who could not give cogent destination of their journey was still being grilled. A Police source at the border said, “From all indications, the man must have been very sick arising from corna-virus complications and they were taken him to his village before he died on transit…”
The Police Public Relations Officer for Osun Command, Yemisi Opalola, who confirmed the sad incident said, “Police personnel intercepted a vehicle carrying a corpse around Odo Oba area, Iwo. The vehicle is a Mazda 323 car with number plate KFS 409 EH, driven by one Ismaila Ademola and was heading towards Iwo from Ibadan. The medical team at the checkpoint suspected the deceased passenger might be a COVID-19 patient. The security team led by Iwo Local Government chairman had to escort the vehicle back to Iyana Offa and handed them over to a police division in Oyo Command. Recall that the Commissioner of Police, CP Johnson Kokumo, had directed closer monitoring of boundary communities to ensure total compliance with the lockdown order by the state government; that is why our officers were at the border post checkpoint where the incident happened.”
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