Protest In Sagamu Over Killing Of Man By Police Inspector - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Saturday, February 22, 2020

Protest In Sagamu Over Killing Of Man By Police Inspector

• CP Kenneth Ebrimson

From Babalola Gafar, 

Less than 72 hours after a riot broke out in Abeokuta, Ogun State following the shooting into the  crowded Olomoore  market by the Operatives of the Anti - Cultists Unit of the Ogun State Police Command, which left two Hausa traders with injuries, a another protest erupted in Sagamu on Saturday over an alleged killing of a young man by a Police Inspector.

The man identified as Tiyamu Kazeem (Kaka) was said to have been arrested in Sagamu by an Inspector following an allegation that he was in the habit of harassing and intimidating members of the public after he had dressed himself up in military uniform, prompting the Inspector to visit the area to effect his arrest.

But while he was being conveyed to Abeokuta after his arrest, he jumped out of the car when the driver parked by the roadside to rectify an observed mechanical fault and a speeding vehicle happened to be passing at the time, swept him off the road as he attempted to run across and died on the spot.

His colleagues in Sagamu on hearing the news of his death stormed the streets in protest, chanting anti - Police reckless killing, rejecting the explanation that the promising soccer star was killed by a vehicle while trying to escape.

It was learnt that  the quick intervention of some senior Police Officers, prevented the protest from escalating into a breakdown of law and order.

            • Kaka

The Daily Crucible gathered further that Kaka until the tragic end, allegedly, in the hand of the Police, was a member of the Remo Stars Football Club (RSFC), where he rose  to the position of an Assistant Captain and Defender.

And in a release by Oladimeji Oshode, Media Manager, and sighted by our Reporter, he stated that 
the incident occurred on Saturday afternoon  in Sagamu while he was driving along Sagamu area of Ogun State with one of his teammates, Sanni Abubakar.

Oladimeji stated that  an eyewitness claimed that the SARS officer stopped the footballer and labelled him a Yahoo Boy,  insisting on taking him to the nearby police station.

He stated: "The SARS officer stopped Tiyamiyu Kazeem insisting that he was a Yahoo Boy, he brought out his identity (ID) card to identify himself as a player of Remo Stars FC but the officer insisted on taking him to the nearest police station in Sagamu.

"Tiyamiyu and Sanni obliged, followed the SARS officers, only for them to notice that they were driving towards Sagamu-Abeokuta Expressway, then the guys questioned to know were the SARS officers were taking them to, but this prompted them to stop the car and push him (Tiyamiyu) out of the car, whereby an unknown vehicle knocked him down.

"He was immediately rushed to Fakoya Hospital in Sagamu, where it was confirmed that Tiyamiyu Kazeem was no more.

"Until his death, he was a humble and reliable defender for Remo Stars FC in the ongoing 2019/2020 Nigeria National League (NNL)."

However,  the Police Public Relations Officer, Ogun State Police Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the suspect was arrested by the Police while being taken to Abeokuta, he jumped out of the vehicle in a bid to escape but was knocked down by a speeding vehicle.

Abimbola, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said normalcy has returned and assured the public that the case would be thoroughly investigated.

He said: "The Ogun state police command wishes to inform members of the public the fact behind the unfortunate incident that happened in Sagamu today 22nd February 2020 which led to the unfortunate death of a young man who is simply identified as "Kaka."

"A police inspector attached to zonal intervention squad Obada oko in Abeokuta said to have received an information about the deceased that he always put on military apparels knowing fully well that he is not a military personnel. Based on the information, the Inspector went to Sagamu and saw the deceased puting on a military cap consequent upon which he got him arrested.

"On the way to Abeokuta, the vehicle they were traveling with developed a mechanical fault and while the officer was trying to rectify the fault, the arrested person jumped down from the vehicle to escape. In his bid to run across the road, an on coming vehicle which is on high speed knocked him down and he died on the spot.

"The Commissioner of Police, Ogun State Police Command has ordered the immediate arrest of the officer for his unprofessional act of leaving an arrested person alone in the vehicle . A full scale investigation into the case has commenced by State Criminal Investigation and intelligence Department(SCIID)."

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