Sports Minister condemns footballer’s killing


The Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has condemned in strong terms the alleged killing of a defender of Remo Stars Football Club of Sagamu, Tiamiyu Kazeem, by an operative of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, calling for a special investigation into the killing.

The minister warned that the needless profiling and killing of Nigerian youth must be checked as it was capable of depriving the country of the contribution of its vibrant youth.

Dare said: “The death of the young player of Remo Stars, Tiamiyu Kazeem, is unfortunate and unwarranted.

“While I sympathise with his family, Remo Stars and the entire football fraternity, his death must not be swept under the carpet. I therefore call on the police high command to probe this unfortunate incident and bring the culprit to book. We have a responsibility to ensure the safety of lives and the police must understand the sanctity of lives.

“Those paid to protect the citizens should not be the ones snuffing lives out of them.”

Dare said though probing the incident will not restore the dead to life, a clear message must be sent by making the perpetrators account for their evil deeds.

The Remo Stars vice-captain was allegedly killed after he was pushed off a moving vehicle by an operative of SARS in Ogun State.

He was reportedly arrested for looking like a Yahoo boy (fraudster), but despite identifying himself as a footballer, he was pushed out of the moving vehicle and hit by an oncoming car.

He was rushed to the hospital where he was confirmed dead.