The family of a deceased police officer, identified as Taiwo Agboola, on Thursday caused a dramatic scene at the Nigerian Police Area Command’s office at Oyemekun Road in Akure, the Ondo State capital, after they dropped his corpse in front of the office to protest the insensitivity of the command to the death of the cop.
The officer was allegedly killed by a reckless driver when he was controlling traffic on the Oyemekun Road penultimate week.
Until his death, the Punch reports that Agboola was attached to the Fanibi Police Station.
While harping on the alleged insensitivity of the command to the death of the cop, the deceased’s family dropped the corpse and insisted the command took over the burial plans of Agboola, a plea the command had allegedly ignored.
They blocked the gate leading to the office and for several hours, barricaded Oyemekun Road, which resulted in a traffic jam.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Femi Joseph, who confirmed the incident on Friday, said, “The deceased is to be buried at his hometown. The area of disagreement between the family and the command is the hiring of an ambulance by the police for the burial.
“The family insisted on the use of a police ambulance instead of a hired one.
“The command has made necessary arrangement, including the purchase of a coffin, hiring of an ambulance and the provision of vehicles to take the family and the command’s delegation to the deceased’s hometown in Osun State.
“The Area Commander has intervened in the matter and the family has taken the corpse back to the mortuary.
“The late cop would be buried today,” the PPRO added.