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Sagamu: IG stops Ogun command from probing footballer’s death, asks DIG to take over probe

Valentine Chinyem

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The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has asked the Deputy Inspector General in charge of the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Anthony Ogbizi, to take over the investigation into the alleged killing of the Assistant Captain of Remo Stars, Tiamiyu Kazeem.

Tiyamiyu was allegedly killed on Saturday by a SARS operative attached to the Ogun State Command.

While the Ogun Police Command claimed that he wasn’t killed by their official, the deceased’s family insisted that their son was murdered by the SARS operative.

After exonerating its officer a few hours after the incident occurred, the Commissioner of Police in Ogun State, Kenneth Ebrimson, ordered an investigation into the incident.

However, the IGP issued a statement on Monday to override the initially planned investigation into the incident.

The statement published on the police force’s Twitter handle read, “The IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has ordered the DIG in-charge of the 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 February 22, 2020.

“The IGP gave the order today, 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, calls for calm and assures that justice will be done in the matter, reiterating that any person found culpable will be brought to book.”

The killing of Tiamiyu had triggered protests in Sagamu, with at least one person feared dead on Monday.

The person was reportedly killed when a team of policemen attempted to disperse the protesters with live bullets.