CP Hafiz Inuwa, Commissioner of Police, Delta state.

Ovedhe Hezekiah – Warri

Men of the Nigeria Police Force attached to Otu-Jeremi Division, Delta state have arrested Mohammade Young Okotie, the Imam, who defied the stay-at-home order in Delta state to worship in a mosque last Friday.

The Iman, Mohammede Young Okotie was said to have been arrested in his hideout by Police on Friday May 1st, 2020 at about 11am.

When contacted, Delta State Command Police Public Relations Officer, Delta state, Onome Onowakpoyeya confirmed the arrest to this reporter, saying, “the Imam was arrested at about 11am of on Friday 1, 2020.”

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She added that he is currently held at the Otu-Jeremi police station for possible prosecution according to the laws of the land.

It could be recalled that Imam Okotie and hundreds of Muslim faithful held Jumat service at the Ekakpamre Central Mosque in Ughelli South local government, violating the prohibition of large gathering in the state.

The Imam lamented the poor treatment of the Muslims in the council area especially during the recent distribution of COVID-19 palliative in the state government as responsible for his action.

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But the Delta State Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Mohammed-Inuwa few days ago ordered for the arrest of the Imam which led to his arrest.