Footballer’s murder: IGP disbands zonal SARS, governor appeals for calm

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The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has disbanded the Zonal Intervention Squad in Ogun State, over the gruesome murder in Sagamu, of a defender and assistant captain of Remo Stars Football Club Kazeem Tiamiyu aka Kaka by officers era of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

He also disbanded all the SARS units in the zonal police commands across the nation.

Represented by a Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG), Peter Ogunyonwo, the IGP disclosed this when he accompanied Gov. Dapo Abiodun on a visit to the parents of the deceased on Tuesday in Sagamu.

He added that their offices have also been handed over to the State Police Command.

The DIG said that the death of Tiyamiyu would prompt the police to carry out more reforms, insisting that the officers involved, who have since been arrested, were on illegal duty and did not obtain clearance from the police formation in Sagamu before the operation.

Some police officers from the ZIS unit in Abeokuta had arrested the footballer, and thereafter allegedly pushed him to his death on Saturday.

Ogunyonwo, however, pledged that a full investigation would be carried out to bring those involved to justice just as the Force would do everything possible to purge itself of “trigger-happy elements”.

Abiodun, in his remarks, appealed to the people of Sagamu to eschew violence and not give criminals opportunity to perpetrate their acts.

He promised to use every instrument of government available to unearth the circumstances surrounding the killing and the crisis caused in the town.

“We will use every means possible, not only to ensure that justice is served, but that it is seen to have been served. We’ll ensure that this will be the last of such avoidable deaths in the hands of security officers in our state,” he said.

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Tweeting on his visit to the family home of the late footballer, the governor said: “Today, I was on a condolence visit to the residence of Tiamiyu Kazeem’s parents. Tiamiyu, who was until his death, a vice captain of the @RemoStarsSC died in an unfortunate encounter with some men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) who were on an illegal mission.

“The DIG, Peter Ogunyanwo, who was with me on the visit, relayed the directive of the IGP that the satellite offices set up by all 12 zones be scrapped, dismantled and handed over to the various Commissioners of @PoliceNG

“Kaka’s death is irreversibly regrettable because Ogun State has lost a man of unexplored talents. But this long-awaited, significant reform within the structures of the Nigerian Police assures us of an end to such anomalies.

“I proceeded to the Palace of the Akarigbo of Remoland, HRM Oba Babatunde Adewale Ajayi, where I thanked him for his prompt response and efforts made towards de-escalating the situation. #BuildingOurFutureTogether”

Others who accompanied the governor were the Commissioner of Police in Ogun, Kenneth Ebrimson, and the State Director of the Department of State Services, Mr David Tuska.

(NAN)