The Ogun State Police Command has debunked reports that a footballer with Remo Stars Football Club was killed by a policeman.
In a statement issued by Abimbola Oyeyemi, the state Police Public Relations Officer, on Sunday, the police command said Kazeem Tiyamiyu, the assistant captain of Remo Stars, was killed by a hit-and-run driver after he attempted to escape arrest on Saturday.
According to a statement issued by Oladimeji Oshode, the club’s Media Manager, on Saturday, the late Tiyamiyu was arrested while he was driving along Sagamu area of Ogun State alongside one of his teammates, Sanni Abubakar, by operatives attached to the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS).
The club alleged that he was subsequently killed after he was uncooperative with the SARS operatives.
But the police said the late footballer, who was popularly known as Kaka, died after he was knocked down by a vehicle when he attempted to cross the highway in a bid to evade arrest.
The law enforcement agency said the footballer was also arrested for wearing a military cap and not on suspicion of internet fraud.
The statement also noted 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 travelling 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,” the statement read.
The police spokesperson disclosed that the Ogun State Commissioner of Police had 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 by the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department has commenced,” the statement read.