The Oyo State Police Command has lost three constables who drowned in a bridge washed away by flood on Balogun Street in Oyo town.
The policemen , attached from Oyo Atiba Police Division , trailed some hoodlums to the area when the thugs started running towards the bridge.
According to an eyewitness , one of the hoodlums reportedly jumped into the water and the policemen jumped after him during which the officers drowned .
The witness, who gave his name as Okunola Abbas said , “ On Sunday , July 12 , some policemen from Oyo Atiba division were passing through Balogun Street in Oyo town and saw some hoodlums smoking weed in the area .
“ The area is notorious for hooliganism .
The policemen parked their van and four of them started running after the hoodlums .
So , being their base and knowing the area well , the hoodlums jumped into the flooded bridge .
The policemen chased one of the hoodlums to the bridge and three of them jumped after him .
“ They were not lucky as they were swallowed up by the mud. It was later that a bulldozer was used to bring their corpses out . ”
The state Police Public Relations Officer , Olugbenga Fadeyi, 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.
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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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