An occupant of a vehicle intercepted at the border between Osun/ Oyo State, has reportedly died after coughing, while being checked by medical and police personnel.
The PUNCH reports that the vehicle was stopped at Odo Oba, Iwo, an entry point into Osun.
The car was said to have left Ibadan for an undisclosed destination, when it ran into the checkpoint, where the personnel stopped the driver and demanded explanation.
While being interrogated, the victim, believed to be sick, suddenly started coughing and died on the spot.
Raji Kamoru, chairman, Iwo Local Government, said policemen and health personnel stationed at the checkpoint were not convinced with the explanation of the passengers of the vehicle, when they stopped them.
Kamoru said when the team at the checkpoint told the occupants of the vehicle that they could not proceed, one of the occupants, said to be sick, suddenly started coughing and died.
“They stopped the vehicle coming from Ibadan. One of the passengers started coughing and he died, the chairman was quoted as saying.
“The security men asked them some questions and they could not give a satisfactory explanation about where they were going. Immediately we were informed, myself and the DPO had to turn them back.
“In the first instance, when we told them to return to where they were coming from, they hid in the bush. But we found them and escorted them to the boundary and handed them over to policemen at Iyana Offa, Oyo State. They did not tell us where they were coming from and their destination,” Kamoru said.
Yemisi Opalola, Osun police command spokesperson, said officers intercepted a vehicle carrying a corpse around Odo Oba area in Iwo.
She said a Mazda 323 car with number plate; KFS 409 EH, driven by one Ismaila Ademola, was heading towards Iwo from Ibadan.
Opalola added that the medical team at the checkpoint suspected the deceased passenger might be a Coronavirus patient.
“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 stated.
The police spokesperson maintained that the commissioner of police, Johnson Kokumo, has directed closer monitoring of boundary communities, to ensure total compliance with the lockdown order by the state government.