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Protest as Pregnant Woman Dies at Police Checkpoint In Ogun

Aggrieved youths on Thursday staged a protest at Abigi in Ogun Waterside Local Government Area of Ogun State, following the death of a pregnant woman.

The protesters, who stormed the Abigi Divisional Police Headquarters, blamed policemen manning the checkpoint for the death of the pregnant woman identified as  Opeoluwa Waidat Adedeji.

Galaxy News gathered that the late Adedeji, mother of six, lost her life while on the way to the hospital for delivery.

The deceased, it was learnt, was being taken on a motorcycle by two men when they were accosted by the policemen at the checkpoint.

Witnesses said the rider of the motorcycle conveying the pregnant woman from Zion, Ibiade, was stopped by policemen at the Sowore River checkpoint for questioning.

The policemen allegedly delayed the trio on the motorcycle, citing the ongoing restriction of movement over COVID-19, but later allowed them to go upon realising the woman was bleeding profusely.

Our correspondent, however, learnt that Adedeji gave up the ghost before getting to the hospital.

Miffed by the woman’s death, angry youths in the community stormed the police headquarters with her remains. They insisted that policemen were responsible for her death.

It took the intervention of the Chairman, Transition Committee of the local government, Comrade Oluwafemi Onanuga, and other community leaders to prevent the situation from further degenerating.

But the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, absolved policemen from the death of the pregnant woman.




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