Police officers and other medical experts at Osun/Oyo state on Sunday evening reportedly intercepted a car, said to have conveyed an ill man, who eventually passed on while being investigated.
The vehicle, it was known, was halted at Odo Oba, Iwo, a gate way point to Osun from Oyo State while attempting to enter Osun State.
The car was said to have left Ibadan for an undisclosed destination, when it ran into a police checkpoint which stopped the vehicle and demanded explanation.
While being interrogated, one of the passengers, believed to be ill, suddenly started coughing and passed on, on the spot.
The chairman, Iwo Local Government, Mr Raji Kamoru said policemen and health personnel stationed at the checkpoint were not convinced with the explanation of the passenger of the vehicle, when they stopped them.
He said when the team at the checkpoint told the passengers of the vehicle that they could not proceed with their journey, one of the passengers said to be sick suddenly started coughing profusely and he died at the spot.
“They stopped the vehicle coming from Ibadan. One of the passengers started coughing and he died.
“The security men asked them some questions and they could not give a reasonable explanation about where they were headed to. Immediately we were informed, myself and the DPO had to return them back to were they were coming from.
“In the first instance, when we told them to go back to where they were coming from, they ran into the bush to hide. But we searched them and escorted them to the boundary and handed them over to police officers at Iyana Offa, Oyo State. They didnt disclose to us where they were coming from and their destination,”Mr Kamoru stated.
The Police Public Relations Officer for Osun Command, Mr Yemisi Opalola, confirmed that police official intercepted a vehicle carrying a corpse around Odo Oba area, Iwo.
She stated a Mazda 323 car with plate number KFS 409 EH, driven by one Mr Ismaila Ademola, was driving towards Iwo from Ibadan, she added that the medical team at the checkpoint suspected the deceased passenger might be a COVID-19 patient.
Mrs Opalola said, “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.”
She maintained that the state Commissioner of Police,Mr Johnson Kokumo, had instructed them for closer monitoring of boundary communities to ensure total compliance with the lockdown order by the state government.