The Ogun State Police command has said the policeman linked to the death of a footballer with Remo Stars, Tiamiyu Kazeem has been dismissed and currently being prosecuted in court.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, adding that the sad incident occurred February 22, 2020 in Sagamu.
The state police spokesman, however, debunked the insinuations in a video that is trending that three other persons were shot dead by an unnamed policeman when Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Peter Ogunyanwo, paid a condolence visit to the family of the slain footballer in company with the state governor.
He said Ogunyanwo who has retired now, incidentally is an indigene of Sagamu, came in his capacity as DIG South-west on the order of the Inspector-General of Police for an on the spot assessment, in course of which he accompanied the state governor to the deceased’s family on condolence visit.
Oyeyemi said, “In the said video, the said individual displays the picture of retired DIG Peter Ogunyanwo, then the DIG Southwest, sitting beside Ogun state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, during his condolence visit to the deceased family.
“The said individual falsely claim that three other persons who were protesting over the killing of Tiamiyi Kazeem were also killed by an unidentified policeman on the day of the incident to the knowledge of the DIG and the perpetrators have not been brought to justice.
“The command therefore wishes to set the record straight for the sake of our highly revered DIG who has since retired from service after years of meritorious service to his fatherland, and therefore deserves a respected peaceful retirement life.
“It is recalled that following the unfortunate incident, DIG Peter Ogunyanwo who incidentally happens to be an indigene of Sagamu, came in his capacity as DIG Southwest on the order of the Inspector-General of Police for an on the spot assessment , in course of which he accompanied the state governor to the deceased’s family on condolence visit.
‘It is therefore a thing of surprise for anyone to in anyway ascribe the killing of any protester to the DIG who came days after the whole incident.
“Moreover, the command did not receive any report whatsoever about the death of any other person in connection with the incident.
“Meanwhile, the policeman involved in the death of the footballer has since been dismissed from the Force and is currently undergoing prosecution in court on charges of culpable homicide.
“It is therefore ungodly for anybody to attempt to tarnish the good name of the retired DIG who was so concerned about the untimely death of the young footballer that he made sure the Zonal Intervention Squad where the errant ex-policeman was attached was disbanded immediately.
“The general public is hereby urged to discountenace the video in its entirety as the maker is only out to mislead and cause disaffection in the state, especially among the indigenes of Sagamu.
“It is a deliberate attempt to smear the hard-earned reputation of the retired Deputy Inspector-General of police, an illustrious son of the state and a proud indigene of Sagamu.”