A pregnant woman, who was in labour, died on Thursday afternoon at a police checkpoint at Ibiade, Ogun Waterside Local Government Area of Ogun State, while on the way to the hospital.
The woman, whose identity is not known, was being taken to the hospital on a motorcycle, when policemen questioned the owner of the motorcycle on why he should carry three persons, according to Tribune.
It was gathered that angry youths in the area took her remains to Abigi Divisional Police Headquarters, blaming the police for her death.
Abimbola Oyeyemi, the police command spokesperson, who confirmed the incident, said the officers were on official duty enforcing the lockdown directive, when a motorcycle with three passengers was stopped at the checkpoint.
Oyeyemi said the motorcycle was 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 stated.
It was learnt that prompt intervention of community leaders saved the situation from degenerating into a crisis.