The Ogun State Police Command has confirmed the death of Nigerian footballer, Tiyamiyu ‘Kaka’ Kazeem, who was allegedly killed by a policeman from the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) on Saturday afternoon.
The defender was on his way to Sagamu with one of his teammates, Sanni Abubakar after their training in Abeokuta on Saturday afternoon when the incident occurred.
According to a statement released by his club, Kazeem ran into SARS operatives who then labelled as a ‘yahoo boy’ despite presenting his identity (ID) card to identify himself as a player of Remo Stars FC.
The club said the two players were then ordered by SARS operatives to follow them to the nearest police station in Sagamu. According to the club, While on their way to the station, Tiyamiyu and Sanni decided to question the SARS officers were taking them to, prompting them to stop the vehicle and then pushed Tiyamiyu out whereby an unknowing vehicle knocked him down.
He was rushed to Fakoya Hospital in Sagamu, where he was confirmed dead, the statement added.
Confirming the incident, Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi provided a contradicting statement, saying Kazeem was knocked down by a moving vehicle while trying to escape from Police.
He also disclosed that Kazeem’s arrest was ordered after he was suspected to be wearing a military outfit.
According to the Public Relations Officer, the Ogun State Police commissioner has ordered the immediate arrest of the officer involved in the footballer’s death.