Policemen enforcing social distancing at a checkpoint located in Ibiade in Ogun Waterside local government area of Ogun state have been accused of causing the death of a pregnant woman at their checkpoint.
The woman died on Thursday afternoon while on her way to hospital on a motorcycle.
The woman who was being taken to the hospital on a motorcycle, died at the checkpoint when policemen questioned the owner of the motorcycle on why he should carry three people.
The rider of the motorcycle was said to have been stopped by the police officers for carrying more than one person in violation of the social distancing order, The Tribune reports.
It was gathered that all efforts to persuade the policemen to release the rider and the passengers fell on deaf ears till the woman died at the point.
The police spokesperson in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident but absolved the police of blame over the woman’s death.
He said the police officers enforcing the state government directive on social distancing stopped and interrogated the occupants of the motorcycle rider for carrying three people in defiance to the physical distancing directive.
Oyeyemi, however, pointed out that the officers allowed the motorcycle pass the checkpoint when they were informed that the woman was being conveyed to the hospital for delivery.