The inspector general of police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the deputy inspector general of police responsible for the Force Criminal Investigation Division (FCID), DIG Anthony Ogbizi, to investigate the death of a player from the Remo football club, Tiyamiyu Kazeem.
Conflicting reports surfaced on Saturday of how Kazeem, an assistant captain and defender of the club, was killed, with police claiming he was hit by a vehicle while trying to cross the expressway to avoid arrest by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
However, eyewitness reports said Kazeem was pushed out of a moving vehicle by police, leading to his death.
This sparked outrage on the part of some injured residents who took to the streets to protest Kazeem’s murder, accusing the Police of transgression.
A statement from the Force’s public relations officer, DCP Frank Mba, said on Monday that the IGP gave the order today, while reviewing the daily reports of major criminal incidents across the country.
“IGP MA Adamu, NPM, ordered DIG in charge of FCID, DIG Anthony Ogbizi, to take immediate effect investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of the late Mr. Tiamiyu Kazeem in Sagamu, Ogun State, 22 February 2020, ”the statement said in part.
He added that the IGP, while showing solidarity with the family and friends of the deceased, calls for calm and guarantees that justice will be done in the matter, while reiterating that anyone found guilty will be taken to the book.
Tiyamiyu Kazeem was an assistant captain and defender of the Remo Stars Football club until his death on Saturday, February 22, 2020.
It was reported that Kazeem was arrested after suspecting he was wearing a military outfit.
The police public relations officer in Ogun state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, was quoted in a statement saying:
“A police inspector linked to the Obada-Oko Zonal Intervention Squad in Abeokuta said he received information about the deceased that he always wore military clothes knowing full well that he is not a military man.
“Based on the information, the inspector went to Shagamu and saw the deceased putting on a military cap as a result of which he was arrested.
“On the way to Abeokuta, the vehicle they were traveling with developed a mechanical failure and, while the policeman was trying to correct the failure, the arrested person jumped out of the vehicle to escape.
“In his attempt to cross the street, a high-speed vehicle dropped him and he died on the spot,” he added.
Meanwhile, the eyewitness account cited by the club, however, contradicts the police report.
The club quoted in parts: “The SARS officer stopped Tiyamiyu Kazeem by insisting that he was a Yahoo Boy; he brought his identity card to identify himself as a Remo Stars FC player, but the officer insisted on taking him to the nearest location. police station in Sagamu.
“Tiyamiyu and Sanni obliged, they followed the SARS officers, just so they realized they were driving towards the Sagamu-Abeokuta expressway, so the guys questioned to know where the SARS officers were taking them, but that led them to stop the car and push him (Tiyamiyu) out of the car, where an unknown vehicle hit him. “