Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector General of Police, has directed Anthony Ogbizi, the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) superintending over the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), to take over the investigation regarding the death of Tiamiyu Kazeem, a footballer of Remo Stars FC.
Adamu gave the order in a statement issued by Frank Mba, the Force Public Relations Officer, on Monday.
Kazeem, popularly known as Kaka, was allegedly killed by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in the Sagamu area of Ogun State on Saturday.
According to a statement issued by the club, Kazeem, who served as its assistant captain before his death, was allegedly pushed out of a vehicle by SARS operatives which led to him being knocked down by a hit-and-run driver.
But the Ogun State Police Command in a statement issued on Sunday denied culpability, claiming that the player was attempting to escape arrest when he was knocked down by a moving vehicle.
Following the discrepancies, IGP Adamu instructed DIG Ogbizi to immediately lead the investigation.
“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 Late Mr. Tiamiyu Kazeem in Sagamu, Ogun State on 22nd February, 2020.
“The IGP gave the order today, 24th February, 2020 while reviewing daily reports of major crime incidents across the country,” the statement read.
While condoling the family of the deceased, the IGP appealed for calm from citizens over the incident.
“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 statement read.
At least one person was said to have been killed when the residents of Sagamu protested against the killing of Kazeem on Monday.