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Three policemen drown while chasing weed smokers in Oyo

Two newly recruited Constables of the Durbar Police station in Oyo and a member of the Discipline Intelligent Group of Nigeria (DIGON) have died while chasing weed smokers.

The security operatives identified as Oparemi Goke and Ogunyemi Mujeeb, drowned around 7:30 pm on Sunday, July 12, 2020, at Awerintu river, Oke Eletu, while chasing the hoodlums who ran towards a bridge washed away by the flood.

The policemen had followed one of the hoodlums into the water he jumped into but got swallowed by mud.

Their corpses were recovered in the late hours of the same day.

Olugbenga Fadeyi, Oyo State Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed the incident, adding that four suspects had been arrested by the police over the incident.

He said, “The policemen carried out a raid. They went to a criminal hideout in the area. Some of the hoodlums ran and one of them jumped and entered a canal. The policemen followed them.

“Unfortunately, the policemen drowned. It was a painful loss for us. The suspected criminal and three others have been arrested and we are still investigating them. It was based on a tipoff that our men went to the criminal hideout. The hoodlums had been disturbing the area. The report before me is that they are suspected criminals and investigations will reveal more details later.”

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