Violent Protest Rocks Sagamu Over Killing Of Footballer, Kaka - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Monday, February 24, 2020

Violent Protest Rocks Sagamu Over Killing Of Footballer, Kaka

...Ogun Govt Sues For Peace, Pledges Justice For Late Kaka

Babalola Gafar, Abeokuta

Violent protest by grieving youths rocks Sagamu, Ogun State, on Monday over the alleged killing of Remo Stars Football Club Defender, Kazeem Tiamiyu, popularly called Kaka  by SARS Operatives.

Kazeem lost his life on Saturday shortly after he was arrested by SARS Operatives in questionable circumstance and Sagamu youths have been seething with rage since the death occurred.

On Monday morning, their anger boiled over. The protest which began peacefully on the streets, soon slipped into wild reactions and  turned bloody as the angry youths and a detachment of armed security agents drafted to stop them, clashed. One person was feared dead.

The protesters - men, women and children, were demanding for Justice for the late Soccer Star.

They also marched to the Palace of the Akarigbo and Paramount Ruler of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi to express their grievances.

The Daily Crucible gathered that three persons were gravely injured, including a Police Officer, during the clash with the Policemen while sporadic gunshots were also heard by residents which threw them into a pandemonium.

Business activities came to an abrupt end at the town's business hub as panic - stricken traders and visitors to Sagamu hurriedly flee in different directions for safety.

The Ogun State Police Command which has come under scathing criticisms from a section of the public in the last couple of days - following the alleged unprofessional conducts of its men that had left some people reportedly dead and others with injuries, said normalcy has returned in Sagamu.

The Command said further that it is not yet aware of any casualty arising from the riot that occurred on Monday morning in Sagamu.

However, Ogun State Government has called the protesters to leave the streets and remain calm, pledging to ensure that the late Kaka gets justice.

The State Government in a release by the Special Adviser to Governor Dapo Abiodun on Communications, Hon. Remmy Hazzan, it said  the  extra-judicial death of any resident in Ogun State is a very painful one for the government, let alone that of a promising youth.

It added that the government would  leave no stone unturned to ensure justice is not only done, but also seen to have been done at the end of the day. 

"There is no doubt that our youth have the right to protest the killing of the late young football star. 

"However, what started as a legitimate peaceful protest was hijacked by criminally minded people, who turned same into a violent one.

"As calm returns to the town, we urge the people, especially, the youth, to be law abiding and to go about their various businesses without taking laws into their hands. 

"Finally, the Government wishes to restate that no one is above the law. Therefore, after detailed proper investigations into the killing of the late football star, decisive action shall be taken against anyone found culpable, as they will face the full wrath of the law," it stated.

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