By Monsurah Olatunji, Lagos
The Ogun State Police Command on Saturday confirmed the death of the defender of Remo Stars Football club, Tiyamiyu Kazeem and ordered the arrest of one of its own involved in the soccer player’s demise.
According to the police, Kazeem was knocked down by a vehicle while trying to cross the expressway in order to evade arrest.
Earlier this afternoon tragic news broke of the death of Remo Stars assistant captain in the ongoing 2019/2020 Nigeria National League (NNL), Tiyamiyu Kazeem aka Kaka who was allegedly killed by a policeman from the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) from the Ogun State Command.
The incident reportedly occurred this afternoon Saturday 22nd of February 2020 in Sagamu when Kaka (as regularly called) finished from the team morning training and decided to head home while driving along Sagamu area of Ogun State with one of his teammates, Sanni Abubakar.
According to an eyewitness, he claimed that the SARS officer stopped the footballer to label him a Yahoo Boy and they insisted on taking him to the nearby police station, negating the Police’s account.
“The SARS officer stopped them insisting that they were Yahoo Boys, he brought out his identity (ID) card to identify himself as a player of Remo Stars FC but the officer insisted on taking them to the nearest police station in Sagamu.”
He continued: “The players obliged not knowing they were going to lion den, they followed the SARS officers, only for them to notice that they were driving towards Sagamu-Abeokuta Expressway (totally out of direction to nearest station) then the guys questioned to know were the SARS officers were taking them to.”
“Instead of giving explanation, they (office) resulted to stop the car and push Kaka out of the car into a running vehicle that unknowingly knocked him down.”
According to Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, Kazeem’s arrest was ordered after he was suspected to be wearing a military outfit.
“A Police Inspector attached to Zonal Intervention Squad Obada-Oko in Abeokuta said to have received information about the deceased that he always put on military apparel knowing fully well that he is not a military personnel.
“Based on the information, the Inspector went to Shagamu and saw the deceased putting on a military cap consequent upon which he got him arrested.
“On the way to Abeokuta, the vehicle they were traveling with developed a mechanical fault and while the officer was trying to rectify the fault, the arrested person jumped down from the vehicle to escape.
“In his bid to run across the road, an oncoming vehicle which is on high speed knocked him down and he died on the spot.”
“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.
“A full-scale investigation into the case has commenced by the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department.”
According to the club, the deceased was immediately rushed to Fakoya Hospital in Sagamu, where it was confirmed that Tiyamiyu Kazeem (Kaka) was no more.