Death of Tiamiyu Kazeem: IGP orders DIG FCID to take over investigation
The Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed .A. Adamu, has ordered the Deputy Inspector General of Police in-charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID), DIG Anthony Ogbizi to, with immediate effect, take over investigations into the circumstances surrounding the death of the late Mr. Tiamiyu Kazeem in Sagamu, Ogun State on 22nd February, 2020.
Statement issued by Frank Mba, Force Public Relations Officer said the IGP gave the order on Monday, 24th February, 2020 while reviewing daily reports of major crime incidents across the country.
Meanwhile, the IGP while commiserating with the family and friends of the deceased, called for calm and assured that justice will be done in the matter, reiterating that any person found culpable will be brought to book.
Meanwhile the Ogun Police Command has confirmed that they knew how Assistant Captain of Remo Stars FC, Kazeem Tiyamiyu was killed on Saturday. He was arrested by policemen but was knocked down by a hit-and -run driver while trying to run away from the policemen, Ogun police admitted in a statement.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the footballer was arrested for wearing military cap. Our men arrested him but he tried to run away and was run down by an oncoming vehicle, Oyeyemi said.
Reports on Saturday alleged that an operative of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) had killed the Assistant Captain of Remo Stars FC, Kazeem Tiyamiyu, after he was arrested.
But Oyeyemi said the late footballer, who was popularly known as Kaka, died while trying to escape after his arrest.
He claimed that the footballer was knocked down by a vehicle when he attempted to cross the highway.
According to him, the footballer was also arrested for wearing a military cap and not on suspicion of internet fraud.
He further pointed out that the operative, who arrested the deceased, was an inspector attached to the Zonal Intervention Squad (ZIS), Obada, and not a SARS operative.
“A police inspector attached to Zonal Intervention Squad, Obada-Oko, in Abeokuta, was said to have received an information about the deceased that he was always putting on military apparels knowing fully well that he was not a military personnel.
“Based on the information, the inspector went to Sagamu 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 in 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 was on high speed knocked him down and he died on the spot,” he said.