An officer of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Ogun State Police has allegedly killed Tiyamiyu Kazeem, assistant captain of Remo Stars FC better known as ‘Kaka’.
This was made known in a statement by Remo Stars media officer, Oladimeji Oshode.
He stated that the club’s captain was killed at about noon along Sagamu road.
The club spokesperson accused the SARS operative of stopping the vehicle Kazeem was driving alongside his teammate Sanni Abubakar.
According to Oshode, Kazeem was allegedly pushed out of the vehicle by the SARS operative, who had mistaken him for a suspected internet fraudster (Yahoo boy), before he was hit by an oncoming vehicle.
Remo Stars statement read: “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,” the statement read.
“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 unknowing vehicle knocked him down.
“He was immediately rushed to Fakoya Hospital in Sagamu, where it was confirmed that Tiyamiyu Kazeem was no more.”
Police Deny Killing Remo Stars Player
Reacting to the incident, the spokesperson of the Ogun State Police Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, denied reports that a SARS operative had a hand in Kazeem’s death.
He claimed that the defender was knocked down by a hit-and-run driver while trying to escape after he had been arrested.
Oyeyemi also stated that the operative who arrested Kazeem was an inspector attached to the Zonal Intervention Squad (ZIS), Obada, and not a SARS operative.
He said: “Somebody gave the policeman information that the deceased usually put on military wears and often oppressed people with it. He saw the boy wearing military cap and he arrested him and took him into his vehicle.”
“On their way to Abeokuta, his vehicle developed a mechanical fault. He (policeman) parked and tried to rectify it. In the process, the suspect who was not handcuffed jumped out of the vehicle and took to his heels.
“While crossing the road, an oncoming vehicle crushed him to death along the expressway. The vehicle did not stop.”
“Meanwhile, 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,” he added.