Five persons, including two policemen, were feared killed after hundreds of residents including women and children flooded streets in Sagamu, Ogun State to register their anger over the death of Remo Stars Footbal Club player, Kazeem Tiamiyu.
The protesters, who took to the streets, also stormed the palace of
Akarigbo and the Paramount Ruler of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, demanding
justice for the deceased footballer.
Kazeem Tiyamiyu, popularly known as Kaka, was killed on Saturday along the Abeokuta-Sagamu Expressway during an encounter with operatives of the Zonal Intervention Squad (ZIS), Obada, who suspected him of being an internet fraudster (Yahoo boy).
While police authorities claimed that the deceased attempted to escape after arrest and was knocked down by an oncoming vehicle, the player’s teammate, Sanni Abubakar, who was with him at the time of arrest, alleged that he was pushed out of the car and got knocked down by a passing vehicle.
Enraged by the incident, aggrieved mothers and youths in Sagamu, where the late player and his parents lived, took to the streets on Monday to condemn incessant police brutality and indiscriminate arrests by law enforcement agents in the town and its environs.
It was gathered that a former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, was also at the palace to appeal to the angry protesters. Apart from Daniel, a member of the House of Representatives representing Remo Federal Constituency, Mrs Adewunmi Onanuga, and the Ogun State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Funmi Efuwape, were also at the palace to appeal to the people.
The protesters were seen moving from one point to the other chanting anti-police slogans. Armed policemen were deployed in the town to forestall a breakdown of law and order.
It was reported by The Nation Online that Policemen dispersed the protest with live bullets and that the Commissioner of Police, Ogun State denied that cops fired the gunshots despite the trending video of the protest online.
He said miscreants tried to hijack the protest and might have been the ones who fired the shots
He added that Policemen were strictly ordered not to use force as they are trying to apply diplomacy to avoid escalating issues, and that the policemen that arrested him are not SARS operatives. They were of the Zonal Intervention Squad and have been arrested
Also, the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) in charge of Zone II comprising Lagos and Ogun States, Ahmed Iliyasu, condemned the incident that led to Tiamiyu’s death assuring that the matter would be duly investigated.
He warned that officers found wanting in the discharge of their police duties would be sanctioned appropriately.
Commiserating with the family of the deceased footballer, Remo natives and Ogun State in general, Iliyasu sued for calm, adding that the cops involved were already undergoing orderly room trial.
“I will not tolerate any act of indiscipline, unprofessionalism, indolence and disregards to human rights and the rule of law by officers and men of the two commands under my watch.
“We assure all citizens of the two states continuous protection of life and property as enshrined in all our extant laws. The Ogun State Police Commissioner has commenced investigation into the incident,” he said.