Five feared killed as Sagamu protest killing of Remo’s footballer
Five persons, including two policemen, were feared killed after hundreds of protesters including women and children flooded streets in Sagamu, Ogun State to register their anger over the death of footballer Kazeem Tiamiyu.
Tiamiyu, a player with Remo Star Football Club, was killed on Saturday after policemen attached to the Zonal Intervention Squad (ZIS) arrested him on allegations of being a Yahoo Boy.
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#Sagamu Protest: Death toll rises to 5. [Graphic] . . Five persons, including two policemen, have been feared killed as protesters flood streets of #Sagamu, #OgunState, to register their anger over the alleged murder of footballer Kazeem Tiamiyu by SARS operatives. . . Tiamiyu, a player with Remo Star Football Club, was killed on Saturday after policemen attached to the Zonal Intervention Squad (ZIS) arrested him on allegations of being a Yahoo Boy. . . The protest on Monday, however, went violent with policemen shooting live bullets, killing three protesters while two policemen were also killed. [Swipe to see GRAPHIC images]
The protesters stormed the palace of Babatunde Ajayi, the paramount ruler of Remoland, demanding justice for the deceased.
Gbenga Daniel, a former governor of Ogun; Funmi Efuwape, member representing Remo federal constituency at the house of representatives, and Adewunmi Onanuga, commissioner of women affairs and social development, were among those who appealed to the protesters.
Kazeem was said to have been killed after he was mistaken for a suspected internet fraudster (Yahoo boy).
The police have denied the incident, saying the deceased tried escaping after arrest and was knocked down by an oncoming vehicle.
Sanni Abubakar, his team mate who was with him when the incident occurred, confirmed that Tiyamiyu was pushed out of the vehicle and knocked down by an oncoming vehicle.