Ogun gov wades into footballer's death, as NFF speaks *Police lied – witness

By Editor on 24/02/2020

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Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun, has moved quickly to avert further escalation of tensions surrounding the death of Kazeem Tiamiyu, the Remo Stars Football Club defender, who was allegedly killed by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), an arm of the Nigerian Police, in Sagamu on Saturday.

Abiodu, in a troubleshooting move, urged residents of the state to remain calm and not resort to self-help over the matter, as the government would get to the bottom of it and ensure that any wrong done would not be allowed to go unpunished.

It is coming as one Sanni Abubakar, who claimed he rode in the same car with the deceased before the incident, gave a full account of what transpired, claiming that the police account that Kazeem jumped out of their car in order to escape, was a lie, maintaining that he was pushed out before crushed by an oncoming vehicle.

Hear him: “We were going to his (Kazeem) father’s house, when he parked at Ita-Oba Roundabout, Sagamu, to buy engine oil for his car.

“After he left, the SARS guys parked in front of the car. They started interrogating me. They asked who I was, what I was doing there and who owned the car. I told them the car belonged to my friend, and they asked where he was. I told them that he went to buy something.

 “They took my phone and my friend’s phone from me; they did not explain anything to me. The SARS guy handed the phones to another guy in the Toyota Sienna.

“Afterwards, my friend returned from where he went to buy the engine oil; they grabbed him and pushed him inside their Sienna and started driving. They said they were taking us to their headquarters.”

Abubakar explained that one of the officers drove Kazeem’s car and trailed the police operational vehicle, where his friend was held.

He noted that after the vehicles passed the area command’s office at Sagamu, he queried the cop, who insisted that they were going to the SARS headquarters.

The victim’s friend said after passing the Sagamu Interchange, the policemen parked at a junction and continued to interrogate them.

He said the SARS officer with him (Abubakar) opened the boot of the deceased’s car and when he (Abubakar) attempted to get out of the vehicle, the cop threatened to shoot him dead.

“Then they started driving again.  I just saw the door of their Sienna opened; they pushed my friend out of the moving car onto the road.

“A car coming behind us hit him.  After hitting him from the lane, Kaka jumped to the other lane. I came out of the car, shouting and crying for help.

“We put him inside his car because they did not want to put him in their vehicle. We took him to a nearby hospital, but he was rejected.

“They asked us to take him to the General Hospital, Owode. When we got to the general hospital, we could not find the Sienna vehicle where the other SARS officers were; they had run away.

“I then saw the SARS guy that drove us making calls and asking his colleagues to come that he was in the hospital. I observed that he was moving towards the gate and I ran after him.

“We dragged each other as I insisted that he was not going anywhere and he must kill me like they killed my friend.

“The hospital workers came out and held him for me, while I went to call the police, the parents of Kaka and our manager.”

The governor, who described the killing of the soccer star as unfortunate the management and supporters of his club to remain calm, expressed shock at the tragic event, assured that a proper, transparent and independent investigation would be launched into the incident to know what transpired with a view to bringing those responsible to justice.

Eulogising the late player as a young man with great potentials, he assured his government would not take with levity, the safety of lives and property of the good people of the state, adding that the incident would not be swept under the carpet, calling on everyone to be calm during the investigation and be confident that anyone found culpable would be brought to book.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on its part, expressed deep grief over the incident, via a letter signed by the General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi.

The letter of condolence was addressed to the Chairman of Ogun State Football Association and NFF Executive Committee member, Alhaji Ganiyu Majekodunmi over the untimely death of assistant captain of Remo Stars Football Club, Kazeem.



Source Whirlwindnews.com

Posted on February, 24 2020

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