Friday, May 22, 2020

Pregnant woman in labour dies after police allegedly delayed her for not wearing face mask

A pregnant woman, Mrs Waidat Adedeji, died on Thursday, at Ita-Otu General Hospital, Ibiade in Ogun Waterside Local Government Area of Ogun State during labour.

It was learnt that the woman who fell into labour and was being taken to the hospital on a motorcycle by the rider along with one of her children.

The motorcyclist was said to have been stopped by policemen enforcing lockdown order at Sowore checkpoint for questioning on why those failed to obey the social distancing order and refusal to wear face masks.

It was gathered that the policemen delayed the motorcyclists for hours before they were later released. The woman, according to a source, died some minutes after.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident, adding that the officers were on official duty enforcing the lockdown directive when a motorcycle with three people on a motorcycle were stopped by those on duty at the checkpoint.

He said they were stopped for defying social distancing order of two occupants on a bike.

“Our officers were not responsible for the pregnant woman’s death. There were three occupants on a motorcycle as against the directive of the state government that only two people should be on a motorcycle at a time.

“They were stopped and interrogated on why they did not obey the sit at home order. They informed the police that the woman was being conveyed to hospital for delivery, and immediately they were asked to go,” he added.